Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis reached the BMC’s disaster management room to take stock of the situation and reportedly asked officials to provide hourly updates with high tide expected later in the day.
The three suburban rail networks, considered the city’s lifeline, were badly affected with dozens of services suspended, as hundreds of commuters remained stuck for hours at train stations.
Rescue teams have been deployed across the city.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis appealed to residents to venture out only if required and asked people to stay away from seafronts during high tide slots.
Three flights have been diverted and there is a 30-minute delay at the Mumbai airport owing to rain-induced congestion.
Helicopter operations were stopped as the country’s busiest general aviation facility was under 3 feet water.
All the major roads in the city including Santacruz-Chembur Link Road and SV road are affected by waterlogging. The traffic at Western Express Highway is moving slowly.
There are reports of trees collapsing at five different locations in Mahim. The SV road outside Andheri station is the worst affected.
India Meteorological Department officials say the current rainfall pattern falls under the ‘extreme’ category for the city of Mumbai, Konkan areas and Goa. The officials added that the current weather pattern would continue for the next two days with isolated spells of very heavy rain across the city. According to the 24-hour rainfall data between 8.30am Thursday and 8.30 am Friday, south Mumbai received 208.8 mm of rain while the suburbs received 283.4 mm of rainfall, which is the highest quantum for this year’s monsoon season and highest in a decade for the month of June.
The downpour resulted into low turnout of patients in the OPDs of the state and civic run hospitals across the city. However, none of the services and functioning of the hospitals were affected or hindered in any manner said various head of hospitals.
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