Mum­bai limps back to nor­malcy af­ter del­uge

The Hindu Business Line - - FRONT PAGE - RAHUL WADKE

Af­ter a day of in­ces­sant rains and gusty winds, Mum­bai re­gion slowly limped back to nor­mal on Wed­nes­day. But the havoc wreaked by the rains led to the death of five per­sons. Most of the of­fices in the re­gion re­mained closed.

The sub­ur­ban trains, which are the life­line of Mum­bai, re­sumed their ser­vices in the morn­ing but they had to be sus­pended again be­cause of flood­ing on the tracks. Some ar­te­rial roads also re­mained out of bounds for mo­torists be­cause of flood wa­ters.

The Na­tional Dis­as­ter Re­sponse Force (NDRF) said five of its teams are on standby in Mum­bai. Five more con­tin­gents of NDRF are en route to Mum­bai as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure.

The San­tacruz weather ob­ser­va­tory of the In­dia Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment (IMD) reg­is­tered 331.4 mm rain­fall on Tuesday, the heav­i­est since July 26, 2005 when 944 mm was recorded. It is also the high­est rain­fall in a day in Au­gust since 1997.

The Co­laba ob­ser­va­tory of the IMD reg­is­tered 110 mm rain­fall yes­ter­day. The fore­cast till 8.30 am on Thurs­day is that rain­fall is likely at most places in the Konkan re­gion, Goa, many places over Madhya Ma­ha­rash­tra and a few places over Marath­wada.

The Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion of Greater Mum­bai acted fast to clear roads which have be­come slip­pery and strewn with garbage. Along with a num­ber of vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions, the In­dian Navy also opened com­mu­nity kitchens and food coun­ters at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in Mum­bai to pro­vide re­lief to rain-af­fected peo­ple.

Chief Min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis held a meet­ing Mantralaya War Room to re­view the sit­u­a­tion. He had pleaded to the peo­ple to stay home un­less there is an emer­gency.

With in­puts from Agen­cies

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