Mumbai: Heavy rains yesterday pummelled Mumbai and adjoining areas, disrupting rail, road and air services and threw normal life out of gear. On Wednesday, the three lines had resumed services by 12pm but were running nearly empty as people stayed away given the advisory by Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to stay back home unless there is an emergency. The rainfall recorded by the automatic weather stations between August 27 at 8 am and August 28 at 8 am was 102 mm. Authorities, including the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), and disaster management teams are monitoring the situation.
"Also, there is much lesser congestion expected as the government has already announced that schools and offices will remain shut today", he added.
Weather officials predict heavy seasonal monsoon rains in the city and its surroundings over the next 24 hours, following more than 200 mm (7 inches) of rain in Mumbai, and urged people to stay indoors.
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. He informed Mumbaikars that the administration is "fully geared and monitoring situation" following heavy rains in Mumbai.
"Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur... with extremely heavy at isolated places in districts of North Konkan, from today morning", an IMD bulletin said. The suburban local train service, the city's lifeline carrying over 6.5 million commuters daily, resumed partial service.
Many workers had no choice but to stay in their offices overnight, with several companies making arrangements to provide food and bedding for those unable to travel home. The train commuters had harrowing experiences in CR, WR and Harbor Line because they were running late due to flooded tracks.
Like clockwork, Mumbai, the maximum city has once again managed to get into a fight with the rain gods, and like always, they seem to have an upper hand.
Traffic personnel deployed on the two highways are directed to send back cars, buses and other vehicles and also request the passengers to cooperate with police and obey instructions, Nagrale said.
India's monsoon season runs from June to September.