15 dead in pummel Mumbai due to heavy rain; local train services suspended

Mumbai: Officials said that fifteen people died in house collapses in Mumbai as incessant overnight rains pounded the city and surrounding areas. A house wall collapse at Vashi Naka in Mumbai’s Mahul area killed seven people and injured two, according to a fire official.

He added that a retaining wall collapsed at 1 a.m. after a tree fell on it. Three hutment dwellers were killed when five shanties collapsed at 2.30 a.m. after a landslide caused by heavy overnight rains in Mumbai’s Vikhroli suburb, according to a civic official. He stated that two people were injured and were taken to a nearby hospital.

Suburban train services on both the Central Railway and the Western Railway in the financial capital have been suspended due to water logging in the tracks caused by the overnight heavy rain, according to railway officials. Some Mumbaikars compared the rainstorm to the 944 mm of rain that fell in 24 hours on July 26, 2005.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for Mumbai due to heavy rains, according to a BMC official. IMD alerts are color-coded from green to red. A ‘green’ alert means that there is no need for authorities to take any action, and the forecast is for light to moderate rain. A’red’ alert denotes a “warning” and requests that authorities “take action.” An orange’ alert indicates that the authorities should be prepared.

The IMD said in an early morning bulletin that a sudden change in climatic conditions caused Mumbai to receive over 100 mm of rain in six hours. It also changed the city’s rain forecast from orange to red alert. According to the IMD, Mumbai and surrounding areas received more than 120 mm of rain in the previous 12 hours as of 6.30 a.m. on Sunday. The IMD predicted that heavy to very heavy rain would fall in a few places in Mumbai, with extremely heavy rain falling in isolated areas. According to the IMD, extremely heavy rainfall is defined as more than 204.5 mm of rain in 24 hours, while heavy rainfall is defined as 115.6 mm to 204.4 mm of rain in 24 hours.

According to the 3 a.m. bulletin, IMD recorded 213 mm of rainfall at Santacruz, 197.5 mm at Bandra, and 174 mm at Colaba in the city. Following the heavy rains, Western Railway announced the suspension of suburban services due to “multiple locations” of water logging.

“@WesternRly Currently Due to water logging in multiple locations, no local train services are running in both the UP and DN directions until further notice “Western Railway’s Mumbai divisional railway manager tweeted.

Train services on the main line between CSMT and Thane have been suspended due to water logging in tracks at Dadar, Parel, Matunga, Kurla, Sion, Bhandup, and other locations, according to Central Railway. “CSMT to Vashi services, including Bandra/Goregaon suburban services, are also not operational,” said Shivaji Sutar, Central Railway’s chief spokesperson. The flooded tracks impacted several long-distance trains on both the Central and Western Railways. Prior to the pandemic, both the Central and Western Railways transported over 75 lakh commuters daily on their over 3000 suburban services. During the pandemic, suburban services are limited to emergency personnel and government officials.During the pandemic, suburban services are only available to emergency personnel and government employees.

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