Mumbai, June 19: All schools were closed and university examinations have been called off in Mumbai as heavy rains hit Mumbai since Thursday night.
Normal life has been disrupted. Train services on the busy Central, Harbour and Western lines were suspended due to water-logging of tracks and in low-lying areas.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday issued a notice in which it said, as many as 120 suction pumps have been pressed into service to drain out water in low-lying areas. Meanwhile, Civic Commissioner Ajoy Mehta appealed to citizens to not send their wards to school as heavy rains are predicted."
Mobile networks were under stress, calls drops were being experienced all over Mumbai. Thousands of commuters, bound for offices and other work places, were caught unaware at suburban stations around the city as railways announced suspension of services.
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Mumbai Rains: Commuters stranded
Heavy rains since Thursday night disrupted normal life resulting in suspension of train services on the busy Central, Harbour and Western lines due to water-logging of tracks and in low-lying areas.
Waterlogging in Mumbai
Thousands of commuters, bound for offices and other work places, were caught unaware at suburban stations around the city as railways announced suspension of services.
Heavy Rains in Mumbai
It has been raining in Mumbai since last 24 hours. Railways advised commuters to avoid travelling.
Schools shut, university exams called off
All schools across Mumbai were closed on Friday and University examinations in the city have been called off for the day due to heavy rains and waterlogging.
Local trains have been cancelled
In total, around 70-80 lakh people travel daily by local trains across all three lines, which are called as lifeline of the city.
Railway sources said it is difficult to say by when the services would be resumed. The city has been battered by heavy rains since Thursday night.
Heavy rains hit Mumbai
In an official statement, Western Railways said, "Suburban services are affected due to heavy rains and water-logging in several areas in Mumbai Central and Matunga. It is advised to all that commuters may travel only in case of emergency."