In deep wa­ters

The Hindu Business Line - - FRONT PAGE - PTI

Mum­bai’s res­i­dents were on Tues­day re­minded of the dev­as­tat­ing floods of 2005, as tor­ren­tial rains threw life in the metropoli­tan re­gion com­pletely out of gear.

There were no re­ports of any ac­ci­den­tal deaths.

The city’s three sub­ur­ban rail lines were af­fected, strand­ing lakhs of pas­sen­gers. The roads were also blocked, with flood­ing re­ported in many ar­eas. At the time of go­ing to press, the Co­laba weather ob­ser­va­tory had recorded 65 mm of rain and San­tacruz, 297.6 mm of rain­fall.

On July 26, 2005, Mum­bai had recorded its heav­i­estever 24-hour rain­fall of 944 mm.

Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Me­te­o­rol­ogy KS Hosalikar told Busi­nessLine that the cur­rent weather sys­tem is ac­tive and spread over Ma­ha­rash­tra and Gu­jarat. The re­gion, es­pe­cially North Konkan and North Mad­hya Ma­ha­rash­tra, will con­tinue to get heavy rains un­til Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. The weather sys­tem will re­main ac­tive for three days.

Hosalikar, who is also the Head (West­ern Re­gion) Re­gional Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­tre, said that dur­ing the 2005 rains, the San­tacruz ob­ser­va­tory re­ceived about 70 per cent of the rain­fall in three hours. In com­par­i­son, Tues­day’s rain was dis­trib­uted over a longer pe­riod. “The winds re­main gusty. But it is not a ty­phoon kind of wind. This weather sys­tem is good for Ma­ha­rash­tra and es­pe­cially for the rain-starved Marath­wada re­gion,” he said.

Across the city, heavy traf­fic jams were re­ported on all ma­jor roads, in­clud­ing the East­ern and West­ern Ex­press High­way, the Sion-Pan­vel High­way and LBS Marg. Wa­ter-log­ging was re­ported in the low-ly­ing ar­eas of Parel, Sion and Hind­mata.

The Ban­dra-Worli Sea Link had to be shut due to rains and heavy winds. Many sub­ways were also shut down due to wa­ter­log­ging.

Op­er­a­tions at Mum­bai air­port were par­tially af­fected due to low vis­i­bil­ity and strong winds.

Rain­wa­ter also flooded the King Ed­ward Memorial (KEM) Hos­pi­tal, forc­ing au­thor­i­ties to va­cate the pae­di­atric and gen­eral medicine wards.

Ma­ha­rash­tra Chief Min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis has asked Mum­baikars to stay in­doors and step out only if nec­es­sary. He has asked peo­ple to tweet or call Mum­bai Po­lice for help.

An of­fi­cer of the Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion of Greater Mum­bai (MCGM) told Busi­nessLine that at 14 lo­ca­tions across the city had re­ported rains over 100 mm which re­sulted in heavy flood­ing.

(With in­puts from Ur­vashi Valecha)

Peo­ple were stranded on a wa­ter­logged street near Dadar in Mum­bai on Tues­day

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