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Life in the fast-paced city of Mumbai came to a halt as torrential rainfall led to massive waterlogging across the city, turning streets into virtual waterways as Mumbai received 10 times the normal amount of rains it usually does during monsoons. As the city limps back to normalcy, local train services have resumed, although schools and colleges will remain closed on Wednesday.
Due to the incessant downpour, where 4 inches of rain was recorded in the mere span of 4 hours in the morning, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis declared a holiday at 4 pm on Tuesday and employees from across the city trudged through water-logged streets to make their way home.
While yesterday the lifeline of the city, the famous Mumbai local trains' services were hit due to the heavy rains, the train services have resumed with the first train departing from Churchgate station in south Mumbai around midnight of Tuesday.
Flight operations were also affected by the rains which caused poor visibility, resulting in the cancellation of 10 flights and diversion of 7. Another 13 flights approaching to land were forced to abort their descend and turn around.
Heavy rains in Mumbai have also been predicted for Wednesday and Thursday, although the rain on Wednesday is expected to be lighter than that of Tuesday. Maharashtra CM Fadnavis has advised the public to stay home on Wednesday in light of the rains situation.