Torrential Rains Sweep Mumbai, Residents Told To Stay Indoors

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| August 29 , 2017 , 15:48 IST

As Maharashtra reels under torrential rainfall, with the rains lashing Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad and other parts of Maharashtra for the fourth consecutive day, the next 2 days are predicted to bring more trouble for the state, in rains touted to be worse than the 2005 Mumbai rains.

With water-logging filling the roads of Mumbai and its suburbs with up to 3-4 feet of water, and entering homes, hospitals and railway stations, bus services and local train services have come to a halt. Flights have also been running delayed.

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In view of the heavy rains, Shiv Sena's Aditya Thackeray had asked offices not to close early to prevent roads from getting clogged by traffic, and advised people to stay wherever they were. However, the Maharashtra government later issued a directive ordering all offices to allow employees to leave in wake of the heavy rains.

Locals have been urged to stay at home and step out only in the case of an emergency, as nonstop rain poured through the city on Tuesday morning. The Met department had recorded a rain output of 4 inches within just a few hours, and heavy rain has been forecasted for the next 24 hours.  

According to the Met department, the heavy rains are due to two weather systems currently active over the region.

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"There is an upper air circulation over South Rajasthan and neighbourhood owing to which there is cloudiness over the west coast. There is also a low-pressure area over south east of Odisha and neighbourhood. Both these systems are acting together indicating that a lot of rainfall activity. Further enhancement in the rain activity is expected for the next 48-72 hours," said K.S. Hosalikar, deputy director-general (western region), IMD.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said there's no reason for panic but urged people not to venture onto the roads.

"Considering the heavy rainfall warning, our machinery is ready to tackle any eventuality," an official attached to the disaster management cell of the BMC said.

The Met Department has warned of more "heavy intermittent spells" of rain in Mumbai and its satellite cities.