The weather bureau has issued a red alert for Mumbai today, announcing a new rain. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis urged people to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.
Sixteen people were killed by the heavy rains that struck Mumbai and surrounding areas during the night, flooding the airport and paralyzing local trains, the vital link of India’s commercial capital. The city received the heaviest rain over a 24-hour period in a decade. The weather bureau has issued a red alert for Mumbai today, announcing a new rain. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has been monitoring the situation from the Mumbai Civic Corps Control Room.
The Indian Navy has deployed several teams to help the civic body assist people stranded in the flooded areas.
Several suburban and long-distance trains were canceled after the flooding of the railways. 52 flights were canceled and 54 hijacked due to bad weather and the skid of a SpiceJet aircraft last night as it landed in the rain forced the closure of the airport’s main runway.
In the midst of heavy rainfall forecasts today, Maharashtra declared a public holiday in neighboring Mumbai and Thane with Prime Minister Fadnavis urging residents to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. “Due to heavy rains expected in Mumbai even today by IMD, it is advisable for people to stay indoors except in emergencies,” tweeted Mr. Fadnavis’s office. The state government said that with the exception of emergency services, all government offices will remain closed in Mumbai today. While all schools and colleges are closed today, private companies have asked their employees to work from home.
The baffled flights are sent to Ahmedabad, Goa, and Bengaluru. Late last night, a SpiceJet aircraft from Jaipur flew over the runway as it landed at the Mumbai airport in heavy rain. No one was hurt. The plane is still stuck on the runway. A secondary runway is used for flight operations after the closure of the main runway. Efforts are underway to remove the Boeing 737 aircraft from the runway and restore operations as soon as possible, said, one official.
Western and Central Railway publish updates on functional train lines on Twitter. Passengers on three commuter trains stranded on flooded tracks were evacuated by the staff of the Railroad Protection Force (RPF) late at night.
Early this morning, thirteen people were killed and four others seriously injured after the crash of a compound wall in Mumbai’s Malad East. A 10-year-old girl was trapped under the debris, triggering massive relief efforts. In the neighboring town of Kalyan, Thane, three of them, including a three-year-old boy, were killed after a school wall crashed into two houses. The government announced a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh to the families of those who died in the wall of Malad collapse.
The streets of Mumbai regularly flood the monsoon that lasts from June to September or October. Almost every monsoon, the city is struggling to cope with the chaos caused by the rain.
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