Published: Thu, August 31, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Mumbai Back To Normal Amid Fears Of Fresh Rains

Mumbai Back To Normal Amid Fears Of Fresh Rains

The BBC's Suranjana Tewari in Mumbai said the city is particularly vulnerable to floods due to construction in coastal areas, as well as waterways getting clogged by plastic garbage and an ageing drainage system. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, head of services at the India Meteorological Department told IE,"Parts of Mumbai can get inundated with even 50 mm of rainfall".

Meanwhile, speaking on the mitigation measures taken post the Mumbai floods, Sanjay Kumar, Directorate General, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said that 10 of their teams are on standby in the city and ready to be deployed, if need arises. Mumbai being a seaport city experiences heavy rains and high tides.

Numerous more than 5,000 dabbawallahs were left stranded in the city overnight, a spokesman for the Mumbai Dabbawallha Association told the Press Trust of India. In many low-lying areas, water has also penetrated inside the houses. Those who have easy access to office must come to work, he said. Heavy traffic was also reported on the Santacruz-Che- mbur Link Road, approach roads to Eastern Freeway, JVLR and Bandra-Worli Sealink. Delays have been experienced. It is understood that with the Mumbai Air Traffic Control permitting flights to operate from the Mumbai airport, all incoming flights to Goa started arriving in the evening. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted, asking people to stay home unless there is an emergency.

Vistara too announced on its Twitter feed late night it has extended the waiver for Thursday as well.

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Private weather forecaster SkymetWeather said central areas of the city like Dadar and Mahalaxmi had received over 100 mm of rain between 8:30 am to 11:30 am. A K Srivastava, head of the climate monitoring unit, IMD Pune said.

Airlines have extended waiver of charges for cancelled tickets and no show passengers for flights in and out of Mumbai due to the heavy rains in the city for Wednesday as well.

Heavy torrential downpours have brought Mumbai to a virtual standstill flooding streets, causing transport chaos and prompting warnings to stay indoors.

Heavy rains also affected the immersion (visarjan) of Ganesh idols on the fifth day today.

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