Mumbai weather: Heavy rains battered Mumbai, disrupting traffic all over the city.
Mumbai: The weather office has sounded a "red alert" for heavy rain today in Mumbai, which reported nearly 300 mm of rain in some parts of the city on Tuesday - at least 10 times more than normal. Five people were killed in Mumbai and Thane in incidents blamed on the incessant downpour. Schools and colleges will be closed today. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted to say that people in and around Mumbai are "advised to stay back home unless there is an emergency" but "essential services" will be up. Flights and trains were delayed. There is waist-high water at many places and traffic was choked all over the city. "Stay Safe," Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged Mumbai in a tweet.
Three people, including two children, were killed when a house collapsed in Mumbai, news agency PTI said. In neighbouring Thane, a 32-year-old woman and a teenage girl died and two others were injured in rain-related incidents.
With tracks flooded in several areas, local trains were running late or stopped entirely in some places. Many commuters were stranded at stations. The railways said it would run trains through the night if needed to evacuate all passengers. At the Mumbai airport, at least 10 flights were cancelled and several others were diverted or delayed.
Traffic on the iconic Bandra-Worli Sea Link was stopped for several hours to clear gridlocks before being allowed again in the evening. By 10, traffic was moving normally in several locations, the police tweeted.
The state government asked offices to allow employees to leave early. if rains persist, government employees should stay home today, state chief secretary Sumit Mallick said. Stock markets including the BSE and NSE said they will remain open.
There were reports of flooding at the city's King Edward Memorial hospital and heavy water-logging in areas like Dadar, Byculla, Matunga, Wadala and Parel. Power outages were reported in several parts of the city.