Heavy rains lashed Mumbai and adjoining areas since the early hours of August 29, throwing the city out of gear. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the Mumbai Police have deployed personnel all over the city since August 29 morning to minimise casualties. The day being the fifth day of the ongoing Ganeshotsav and the day of immersion of the idols added to the concern for the authorities. Rail and road traffic are severely affected.
Due to very heavy and continuous rains CR suburban train service suspended on main line between Parel and Kurla from 12.30 pm and on Harbour line between Vadala Road and Kurla from 12.20 pm. Western railway services have been stopped.
The rainfall, which had been on since August 28, 2017, intensified the day after affecting commute by rail and road. Low lying areas like Vile Parle, Hindmata, Parel, Elphinstone Road, Bandra, Khar and Andheri were flooded by August 29, 2017 morning. Railway stations such as Sion and Matunga on the Central Line and Bandra on the Western line are flooded. Several incidents of tree falling were also reported from across the city, further affecting vehicular movement.
“Traffic is slow moving on the southbound lane of the Eastern Freeway, the B.R. Ambedkar Road, Kherwadi stretch of the Western Express Highway and the Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan Marg at the Worli Sea Face due to heavy rain,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Amitesh Kumar.
While many residents chose to work from home or not to go to work at all, several private firms declared an impromptu holiday and allowed employees to leave as early as 12 noon.
The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted intense rain in and around Mumbai over the next few hours.