Mumbai: Schools and colleges to remain shut on Monday as city braces for more rain
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of more “heavy to very heavy falls” in Mumbai on Monday and Tuesday.
Mumbaikars continued to reel under heavy rains across the city, with several areas waterlogged. Road, rail traffic and flight operations were hit due to incessant rainfall in Mumbai even as the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) warned of more “heavy to very heavy falls”. Waterlogging was reported from several areas like Santa Cruz, Nagpada and Sion. Adjoining areas of Thane and Palghar also remained waterlogged as heavy rains continued in the area.
The Central Railway said that rail traffic along the Harbour Line, and between Ambernath and Badlapur, were stopped in the wee hours of Sunday as the water level rose above the rail top.
A woman and a man were killed in a tragic accident when they came into contact with a live wire.
Here are the highlights from all that happened on Sunday:
News agency ANI reports that employees will be allowed to report late in government offices on Monday.
Several trains affected due to heavy rainfall/waterlogging. Trains towards Dadar, Mumbai and Panvel to be halted for 24 hours.
The following trains stand cancelled:
(1). 11061 (LTT-DBG) JCO-04/08/2019 (Cancelled by Central Railway)
(2). 12141 (LTT-RJPB) JCO-04/08/2019 (Cancelled by Central Railway)
(3). 11062 (DBG-LTT) JCO-06/08/2019 (Cancelled Due to Want of Rake)
(4). 12142 (RJPB-LTT) JCO-06/08/2019 (Cancelled Due to Want of Rake)
(5). 13201 (RJPB-LTT EXP) JCO-04/08/2019 IS CANCELLED.
The state government says it has decided to keep schools and colleges shut as the Met department has predicted extremely heavy rainfall in the city.
All schools and colleges will remain close in Mumbai, Mumbai suburbs, Palghar, Thane and Raigad.
The state government has appealed to the people of Mumbai that they should leave homes only if absolutely necessary.
All emergency services will remain open.
An agitation has started on Western Highway to protest against the death of two people in Santacruz due to short-circuit.
A woman and a man have died in Mumbai's Santacruz area due to short-circuit.
Schools in Thane district will remain closed on 5th August, due to the possibility of heavy rainfall: Rajesh Navrekar, Thane Collector, tells news agency ANI.
IAF Mi17 returns to Santacruz airfield after relocating a total of 58 personnel, including 16 children, to safety.
The rainfall intensity is very likely to continue for the next 24 hours and decrease thereafter over Konkan and adjoining ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra during next 2 days: IMD
Train movement started on down fast line too betveen Vasai Road & Virar as train number 90613 CCG- VIrar departed at 14.36 hrs on Down fast line from Vasai Road stn. Traffic on slow lines was already working bet Vasai Rd & Virar.
Due to heavy rains, waterlogging was witnessed in several areas of Mumbai. It was further aggravated when a boulder fell in southeast ghat, leading to the following trains being short terminated/short originate/diverted.
*Trains short terminated*
• 11302 Bengaluru-Mumbai Udyan Express JCO 3.8.2019 short terminated at Solapur
• 51154 Bhusaval-Mumbai Passenger JCO 4.8.2019 short terminated at Igatpuri
• 12072 Jalna-Dadar Janshatabdi Express JCO 4.8.2019 short terminated at Igatpuri
• 11014 Coimbatore-LTT Express JCO 3.8.2019 short terminated at Pune
*Trains short originate*
• 51153 Mumbai-Bhusaval Passenger JCO 4.8.2019 will short originate from Igatpuri
• 12071 Dadar-Jalna Janshatabdi Express JCO 4.8.2019 will short originate from Manmad.
• 11013 LTT-Coimbatore Express JCO 4.8.2019 will short originate from Pune
• 11019 Mumbai-Bhubaneshwar Konark Express JCO 4.8.2019 will short originate from Pune.
• 17032 Hyderabad-Mumbai Express JCO 4.8.2019
• 12702 Hyderabad-Mumbai Hussain Sagar Express JCO 4.8.2019
• 12116 Solapur-Mumbai Siddheshwar Express JCO 4.8.2019
• 12115 Mumbai-Solapur Siddheshwar Express JCO 4.8.2019
• 51324/51323 Manmad-Igatpuri-Manmad Passenger JCO 4.8.2019
• 06051 Chennai-Ahmedabad Special JCO 3.8.2019 via Daund-Manmad-Jalgaon-Surat
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said that the government is working along with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to minimise the problems being faced by Mumbaikars. He futher said that as per the government’s plan, eight pumping stations are needed to ease the problem Mumbai faces due to rains. He said that five such stations are already in place while three more would be set up at the earliest.
As Mumbai reels under downpour, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday assured that the government is working along with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to minimise the problems being faced by Mumbaikars. READ FULL STORY
Mumbai is witnessing severe traffic snarls due to intense rain. Traffic at several pivotal locations has been diverted These are:
1. Samaj Mandir Hall Pratiksha Nagar via Hemant Manjarekar road
2. Motilal Nagar Post Office via BEST Nagar marg
3. Sainath Subway via Madina Manzil (Curdled at Sainath road)
4. Sion road number 24 via Sion road number 3
5. Dahisar Subway up and down via Sudhir Phadke flyover
6. Milan subway via Milan flyover
7. Veera Desai road curdled at Veera Desai Police station
8. Kaju Pada – Operation suspended
9. Dahanukar wadi via Borsa Pada Marg
Waterlogging at Nalasopara reported due to very heavy rainfall since Saturday night. Railway staff are present at the locations continuously monitoring the situation, Western Railway says.
— Western Railway (@WesternRly) August 4, 2019
Western Railway has issued helpline numbers and contact desk numbers for information on running/ cancellation/ rescheduling of trains as Mumbaikars continue to struggle amid the heavy rainfall occurring in the city.
Passengers can contact help desks or dial the helpline numbers for information on running/ cancellation/ rescheduling of trains pic.twitter.com/MZvyDqLi7V
— Western Railway (@WesternRly) August 4, 2019
Due to incessant rains and release of water from Jhuj and Kelia dams in Gujarat, the water at bridge numbers 336, 358, 359 and 368 in Mumbai's Virar- Surat section has risen to danger level,
Due to incessant rains and release of water from Jhuj and Kelia dams, the water at Bridge nos 336, 358, 359 and 368 in Virar- Surat section has risen to Danger level. pic.twitter.com/7llwl7NQfn
— Western Railway (@WesternRly) August 4, 2019
Western Railway informed that due to waterlogging between Vasai and Virar railway stations and water flowing above danger level at railway bridge between Billimora and Navsari, 12925 Paschim Express. Also, 12471 Swaraj Express has been rescheduled to depart two hours late from scheduled time from BDTS. Futher, 19015 Saurashtra express got cancelled.
Due to heavy and continuous rain and accumulation of water in few sections, services have been suspended on Central main line and Harbour line of Central Railway suburban section at 8:00 hours as a precautionary measure to avoid hardship to commuters later.
It further said that the situation will be reviewed every hour and would be updated accordingly. Central Railway also informed services on Trans Harbour line and fourth corridor to Kharkopar are running normally.
A fresh alert from IMD says, "Rainfall to continue with gusty winds. High tide of 4.5 m plus today afternoon, and surcharged Mithi River. Avoid outing as far as possible, the sea will be rough, fisherman warnings, heavy rainfall warnings have been issued in place."
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation asks people to refrain from going near sea. People have also been asked to avoid areas that are waterlogged.
Due to heavy rains in Vasai-Virar area since Saturday night, the water level is 160-180 mm above rail line. According to the Western Railway, the trains between Vasai and Virar are being run on slow lines with cautious speed leading to delay of 15-20 minutes.
It is expected to rain heavily in Mumbai over the next 24 hours. Several underpasses in areas like Andheri, Santa Cruz and Sion are waterlogged. Fishermen and other Mumbaikars have been asked to not go near sea.
Services on all four lines between Sion and Kurla suspended since 7.20 am due to water logging and heavy rains.
Weather forecast by the Indian Meteorological Department says “intermittent rain or showers with heavy to very heavy falls likely in city and suburbs. Extremely heavy falls also likely at isolated places”.
Subways in areas like Andheri, Malad, Vile Parle and Sion are waterlogged.
High tide is expected today at 2.23 pm. Sunday is likely to see high tide at 4.83 metre. Government authorities have been put on high alert.
Due to continuous heavy rains, the Central Railway on Sunday morning suspended trains on Harbour between Vadala and Kurla and the route between Ambernath and Badlapur. It said, "Due to continuous heavy rains, there is accumulation of water between Ambernath and Badlapur and on harbour line at Chunabhatti. Therefore, rail traffic has been suspended beyond Ambernath and on Harbour line between Vadala and Kurla. CSMT-Vadala, Vashi- Panvel and CSMT-Andheri/Goregaon services are running on Harbour line."
The Central Railway has said that the local train services are being reviewed every 30 minutes due to downpour in Mumbai. A tweet read, "Due to very very intense rainfall throughout, there is accumulation of water in different sections of Central Railway Suburban section of Mumbai. We are reviewing situation every 30 minutes."