The weathermen predict heavy rain for the weekend as well, which means many Mumbaiites are likely to be stuck at home for two more days.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted intermittent rain or showers, where isolated spells of heavy to very heavy rainfall might occur for the next 48 hours in the city. VK Rajeev, IMD director, western region, said, “Like Friday, Mumbai, the Konkan and Goa are expected to receive heavy rainfall over the weekend.”
The IMD forecast and a likely high tide of 4.33m around 3.10pm on Saturday has prompted civic chief Ajoy Mehta to ask citizens to remain indoors.
The state is not willing to take a chance either, with education minister Vinod Tawde allowing schools to declare Saturday a holiday in case of heavy rain.
Suburban train services on CR and WR are likely to remain disrupted for a second consecutive day, even if the rainfall isn’t heavy. This is because there are several long distance trains stuck at various places. Railway officials said these trains will have to be given preference.