Rain Pain For Mumbai, NDRF Put On Alert


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Mumbai: Heavy rainfall in Mumbai since Monday has choked parts of the city and more rainfall is expected over the next 24 hours, according to the Regional Meteorological Centre.
The Regional Meteorological Centre, Mumbai, on Tuesday predicted intermittent rain with heavy to very heavy rain fall in parts of the city and “extremely heavy” rainfall at “one or two places in the city and suburbs”.

Three teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), stationed in Mumbai, have been put on alert and two additional teams have been moved from Pune to Mumbai, according to ANI.

Due to the heavy rains, water has entered the KEM Hospital in Parel. Severe water logging was also reported in Mumbai’s Hindmata area on Tuesday. High tide of 3.32 meters height is also likely to occur on Tuesday at 4.35 pm.

Train services were also affected due to the heavy rains. On Tuesday morning, Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express derailed in Maharashtra’s Asangaon, near Mumbai. The railway authorities said prima facie inputs suggested the train went off tracks due to a major landslide.

Trains on the central railway mainline were delayed by half an hour, the Harbour line services by 15 minutes and trains on the Western Railway were running 10 minutes late.

All mumbaikar have been advised to stay home as the city is lashed by what the weatherman says could be the heaviest and longest bout of rain in 12 years. There is thigh-high water in many parts of the city, vehicles are half submerged, with people abandoning cars to walk. Trains and flights have been delayed. There are reports of flooding at city’s King Edward Memorial hospital. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is on alert. The situation is being compared to July 2005, when the city was paralysed by floods.

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