As heavy rains lash Mumbai, transport and services remain crippled

People walks from logged water on the street during heavy rain in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

142 mm of rainfall recorded in 12 hours, higher rainfall to worsen situation.

Mumbai, September 20: Mumbai’s tryst with torrential rains does not seem to end as the city was brought to a halt with rains lashing and water-logging many parts of the city. The Indian Meteorological Department predicted that such conditions will prevail till Friday.
While the Western Railways had cancelled five trains, six trains were cancelled with two others were diverted on the Central Railways till 6 a.m. today. The services resumed post 10 a.m.

The air services were affected as well. Only runway number 14 and 32 of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport are operational for now. All Mumbai-bound flights have been diverted to Goa, Bengaluru, Delhi and Hyderabad. 56 flights to Mumbai have been diverted so far, with many other being cancelled or delayed until further updates.

The Maharashtra government announced that schools and colleges would remain shut today owing to an expected downpour. The Dabbawallas, who are known for their timely services in any weather condition, have also halted their services today owing to the rains. They cancelled their delivery of over two lakh tiffins to office- goers in the city in view of the disruption of suburban rail services after heavy rains.Over 5,000 ‘dabbawalas’, who deliver around two lakh ‘dabbas’ (tiffins) a day won’t be able to do so today due to disruption of train services after heavy rains,” Subhash Talekar, spokesperson of the Mumbai Dabbawala Association said. “We will resume our services tomorrow,”

Mumbai recorded its second highest rain in September in a span of 12 hours, yesterday. On August 29, Mumbai recorded 297.6 mm rain in nine hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.), higher than any 24-hour rain in August in a decade which had brought the city to a halt, as commuters waded through chest-deep waters.

Although the downpour warning has been retracted, the Mumbai Police’s Twitter handle has been active in its non stop live updates of the traffic in the city, helping many plan their commute accordingly. Answering queries which people had, the handle efficiently uploaded the traffic updates, warning of waterlogging and any updates from the government. Their timely updates saved the day for many.

With this being second such instance of such heavy water logging in the city in over a fortnight, it is crucial to understand the root of the matter. With BMC claiming to have cleaned the rivers and drains, the underlying root is bigger than just clean drains. Here’s a brief analysis and breakdown of the crisis.

 

(Compiled by Aishwarya Tendolkar with inputs from Scroll)