"Typhoon-like" rains lash Mumbai, heaviest downpour in years expected
Mumbai has been inundated due to continuous downpour since yesterday morning which has only gotten worse. Just between 8:30am-11:30am today, Santa Cruz observatory recorded a whopping 86mm of rains, only 2mm short of what was recorded in 24 hours since yesterday. During the same period, Dadar witnessed 115mm of rain and Mahalaxmi 105mm. Life in the city has been thrown out of gear.
Waist-deep water hits traffic, delays trains
In case of emergency, call BMC Control Room at 1916
Flooding has been reported in areas like Dadar, Sion, Andheri, Kurla, Sakinaka and Elphinstone. Trees and walls collapsed in several places. Short circuits were reported. At least four are injured in VP Road after an iron frame for posters fell. Fares for cabs have shot through the roof. The MET department has urged people to not leave home unless absolutely necessary.
Rains, heavy tide to continue for 2-3 days
IMD has predicted heavy rainfall for the next three days. According to IMD, it is being caused by upper-air cyclonic circulation over Rajasthan and a low-pressure area arriving from Odisha. High tide is expected at 4:35pm on August 29. "Avoid waterfronts, sitting on tetrapods/promenades," Mumbai Police said. The National Disaster Management Authority has urged people to "remain at higher places (and) keep phones charged".