Mumbai, August 5: The arrival of monsoon provided much relief from hot weather in Mumbai but it seems the rains are transforming into a devil for the city. Due to continuous rains on Friday, the Mumbai city come to a stop as the railway, roads and flight services are worst hit. Trains are running late, being cancelled; same is the situation of flights. The roads have turned into swimming pool in different places, blocking the entry of vehicles.
Roads were flooded in many parts of the city and traffic jams were reported during peak office hours. Domestic and international flights to and from Mumbai were delayed by about 30 minutes because of rain, low visibility and air congestion, officials said.
Mumbai police is constantly tweeting details about the traffic and waterlogged areas. The most affected areas are Parel TT – King Circle Junction Matunga – Mukhyadhyapak Bhavan, Sion – Kurla Kamani. People also took to Twitter to share traffic updates and pictures of flooded areas and believe it or not, bikes and scooters are half emerged in water. Flights have been delayed, some trains have reportedly been suspended and there’s no way autos can even try moving.
Rain had reduced in many parts by afternoon. As water levels receded, traffic eased in many areas. Delays were reported mostly from low-lying areas where water takes longer to drain out. The weather office has forecast very heavy rain in Mumbai and the coastal Konkan region over the next 48 hours and all major services like the police, fire brigade and the National Disaster Response Force or NDRF are on high alert.
On Friday morning, traffic crawled on major thoroughfares like the Eastern Express and Western Express highways and arterial major north-south roads, delaying thousands of office goers. 48-hour emergency was also declared by the authorities. Shivsena young leader Aditya Thakaray also shared the emergency contacts for help of Mumbai people.