- Severe rain in Mumbai, about 10 times higher than normal
- Flights, trains and road traffic hit, police urge people to stay indoors
- Heavy rain is forecast for the next 48 hours
Heavy rain has been forecast for tomorrow as well, and schools and colleges have been told not to open.
The met department expects the rain to ease a little by about 11:30 pm. City officials will then pull an all-nighter if they are to clear roads and train tracks for tomorrow morning's rush hour.
Fights were diverted, delayed and cancelled - for a brief period, the airport closed down altogether. The total breakdown of the city brought comparisons to 2005, when relentless rain wrecked the city.
"I haven't been able to travel and had to cancel all my plans," said researcher Rajesh Prabhakar, who was stranded on the outskirts of Mumbai after his train was cancelled. "Many of my friends are stranded at railway stations... this is a reminder of the 2005 floods."
Rainwater flooded the King Edward Memorial Hospital in central Mumbai, forcing doctors to vacate the pediatric ward.
"We are worried about infections...the rain water is circulating rubbish that is now entering parts of the emergency ward," said Ashutosh Desai, a doctor in the 1,800 bed hospital.
Social media saw churches, gurudwaras and residents offering shelter to those stuck miles from home.
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(With inputs from PTI)