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Mumbai rains: City drowns under water after receiving heaviest rainfall since 2005

  • Heavy overnight rains lashed Mumbai and adjoining areas causing water logging in several low-lying areas
  • Mumbai has received the heaviest and longest bout of rain since July 26, 2005, when the city was devastated by floods
  • The rains have brought the city to a halt with cancellation of several flights and stopping of central and harbour suburban railway lines
Mumbai drowns after receiving heaviest rainfall since 2005
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Heavy overnight rains lashed Mumbai and adjoining areas causing water logging in several low-lying areas. Rains have been wreaking havoc over the city for the past two days.

In a span of 24 hours from 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Santa Cruz observatory recorded 88 mm of rainfall with Colaba received almost double the amount, close to 152 mm.

Mumbai has received the heaviest and longest bout of rain since July 26, 2005, when the city was devastated by floods.

Many spots across the metropolis including Hindmata area in suburban Dadar, Sion, Matunga, and some parts in Andheri were waterlogged due to the incessant showers leading to traffic snarls and chaos on the roads.

Suburban railway services were also delayed in the morning and trains were running up to 20 minutes behind schedule, stranding daily office commuters especially on the Harbour and Central line.

The rain reduced visibility, forcing airport authorities to divert flights. "Flights were delayed by around 20 minutes," said Veena Chiplunkar, a spokeswoman for the Mumbai International Airport, to NDTV.

"The metropolis has received heavy rainfall since last night. Between 8.30 am and 12 pm today, the city received 85 mm rainfall," said Sudhir Naik, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, to PTI.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said the situation was well under control and advised the citizens to step out of their homes only if necessary.

Mumbai gets flooded every year during the monsoons. This is because Mumbai is situated in a low-lying land. Storm-water drains and waterways are constantly clogged by plastic garbage.

Officials have warned of a 4.81 metre high tide towards 4 pm coupled with heavy showers, which may cause flash floods in low-lying areas in the city.

People have been tweeting of their woes and are cautioning others to stay safe.

The weather department has forecast heavy rains over the next 24 hours in Konkan and Mumbai regions.

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