This Article is From Aug 29, 2017

High Tide In Mumbai Could Make Things Worse, Heavy Rain Due For 48 Hours

Around four inches of rain was recorded in Mumbai in just a few hours, the Met office said.

High Tide In Mumbai Could Make Things Worse, Heavy Rain Due For 48 Hours

High tide of 3.32 metres is expected at 4.30 pm in Mumbai which has been pounded by heavy rain

Mumbai: The Mumbai Police, which has been tweeting updates as the city dissolves in chaos after heavy rain, has asked people to "avoid waterfronts, sitting on tetrapods or on promenades" with a high tide of 3.32 metres which was expected at 4:40 pm. It has also asked Mumbaikars to cooperate with policemen on duty.

"Heavy water logging expected in the coming hours due to heavy showers coupled with high tide. Pls chk ur route b4 venturing out," the police added in another tweet. The rain coincides with high tide conditions in the coastal city, threatening to overload an ageing drainage system.

Heavy rain has lashed the city, with about five inches recorded in just a few hours, the Met office said. With low-lying areas of the city flooded, train services have been paralysed and there are massive traffic jams on flooded roads.
mumbai rain bandra train tracks submerged

Large parts of train tracks are submerged in water after heavy rain in Mumbai

In another tweet, the police said traffic on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link towards south Mumbai has been closed for some time to clear traffic ahead. "Plan accordingly," it tweeted.
bandra worli sea link

Since morning, the Mumbai Police Twitter handle has reported which areas are flooded and where traffic is slow, advising Mumbai to "travel with care." Weather officials, who predict heavy seasonal monsoon rain in the city and its surroundings over the next 24 hours, urged people to stay indoors.
mumbai rain car breaks down

Low-lying areas of Mumbai are flooded after heavy rain since this morning

In the afternoon, the state government ordered for all offices to allow employees to leave. Many businesses had already asked staff to leave early in expectations of worsening traffic jams. The harsh weather prompted many schools to send children home early, although others were on holiday for the Ganesh festival.

"I have been trying to get to office for the last two hours, but have only made it halfway," said Milan Shah, a marketing manager who trudged through the downpour only to find himself marooned at a central train station. He said he was planning "to try and get back home."

The rain reduced visibility, forcing airport authorities to divert flights. "Flights were delayed by around 20 minutes," said Veena Chiplunkar, a spokeswoman  for the Mumbai International Airport.

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(With inputs from Agencies)