Death toll from Mumbai floods jumps to 14, rain eases up

Death toll from Mumbai floods jumps to 14, rain eases up

A day after heavy monsoon rain brought Mumbai to a standstill, which reported almost 300 mm of rain in parts of the city on Tuesday - 29 times the normal, the Met office has forecast more rain in the next 24 hours and have urged people to stay indoors. The city gauged a whopping 298 mm of rainfall, the highest in a day in August since 1997.

Teams of the National Disaster Response Force has said that the rain downpour and high tides are overloading on ageing drainage system and this could make it worse for the Mumbaikars to deal with the floods.

At least five people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents so far, while several others are missing.

Schools and colleges in Mumbai were closed on Wednesday due to the flooding, according to the Times of India.

MeT department forecast "extremely heavy rainfall" in the next 24 to 48 hours in the western coast of Maharashtra, including Mumbai, and parts of Gujarat and Goa.

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City managers have warned of additional power cuts across the metropolitan area if flood waters continue to rise. "We are anxious about our relatives who are stranded due to the rain".

Commuters wade through waist-height water at Hindamatha in Parel as heavy rains lash the city on Tuesday.

The situation is not at all good in Mumbai due to heavy rains. "Passengers travelling to & fro BOM (Bombay) today can get their booking rescheduled/cancelled without any change/cancellation fees", IndiGo said on its Twitter handle late night. The Central Railway resumed its services from Kurla to Dombivali.But, tracks are still waterlogged at Thane railway station in early morning hours.Train services also resumed on Harbour line.

Officials are calling on people to stay at home. By yesterday morning, most trains were running but traffic remained chaotic as low-lying areas remained under water.

The flooding brought back memories of 2005 when around 950 millimetres (37 inches) of rain fell on Mumbai in just 24 hours, killing more than 1,000 people. Trains on this section resumed around midnight last night and more services were started around 7 am. The city's famous "dabbawalas" who deliver lunch boxes to more than 200,000 office-goers had to cancel their deliveries.

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