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As heavy rains lashed Mumbai on Tuesday wrecking havoc across the city with extensive waterlogging across the streets, the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) termed the situation as 'exceptional'.
Deputy municipal commissioner Sudhir Naik said, "This is an exceptional situation. The high tide coupled with gusty winds affected the water-receding capacity."
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis declared a holiday by 4 pm on Tuesday so that employees could trudge their way home through the water logged streets, however, for BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) employees, the work had just begun.
On late Tuesday evening, the BMC cancelled all leaves of its personnel and asked them to return to work to help with the damage caused by the rains.
Heavy rains triggered traffic jams throughout Mumbai, while locals on the roads of Khar, Linking Road and SV Road in Bandra, Lalbaug, Kalina, Hindmata (Dadar) and Sion were forced to walk through water that was waist-high. Even areas that are not generally prone to water-logging were affected, such as Kemps Corner, Worli (towards sealink), Bhandup (W), Andheri market and parts of Saki Naka.
The rains flooded hospitals as well, as water entered the KEM Hospital's ground floor ward in Parel forcing the hospital administration to move around 50 patients to higher floors away from the flood water. Meanwhile, Dean Dr. Avinash Supe said that medical services did not suffer due to the flooding inside the hospital.
In a 'preventive measure' against possible mishaps, power utility firms made power cuts to several areas including Khar-Danda, Pali Hill, Carter Road, Bandra (E), parts of Santacruz (W), Ghatkopar, Bhandup and Mulund.
Ten NDRF teams have been despatched by the Centre, and four rain shelters for stranded Mumbaikars were put up by the Navy, which had a team on standby.