When water came into the offices: Mumbai rain in pictures
Heavy downpour will continue at Mumbai on Wednesday too, the Met department has warned. Life was thrown out of gear on Tuesday following heavy rains in Mumbai.
People have been advised to stay indoors and only venture out in case of an emergency. Chief Minister of Maharashtra took stock of the situation and has directed authorities to be available at all times for the people.
Five persons have died in the rains since Tuesday. Three people, including two children, were killed when a house collapsed in Mumbai. In Thane, a 32-year-old woman and a teenage girl died and two others were injured.
Tracks overflow, flights delayed
Several local trains were running late or stopped after tracks were flooded with water. The railways said it would run trains through the night if needed to evacuate all passengers. At the Mumbai airport, at least 10 flights were cancelled and several others were diverted or delayed.
Waist deep water
People abandoned their cars to walk. The police were seen encouraging them to do so wherever the water was tyre-high. With high tide in the evening, the police also urged people to avoid beaches and promenades.
Bandra-Worli Sea Link closed
Traffic on the iconic Bandra-Worli Sea Link was stopped for several hours to clear gridlocks before being allowed again in the evening. By 10, traffic was moving normally in several locations, the police tweeted.
Water gushes into offices
The rains were so heavy that several offices were flooded with water. There were reports of flooding at the city's King Edward Memorial hospital and heavy water-logging in areas like Dadar, Byculla, Matunga, Wadala and Parel. Power outages were reported in several parts of the city.
Stock markets remain open
Stock markets including the BSE and NSE said they will remain open. The state government asked offices to allow employees to leave early. if rains persist, government employees should stay home today, state chief secretary Sumit Mallick said on Tuesday.
NDRF on alert
Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are on alert. The Navy, which has kept divers and choppers on standby to rescue people, said it was also arranging shelters for stuck in areas like Colaba, Worli and Ghatkopar.
PM speaks with CM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minster Rajnath Singh tweeted that they have spoken to Mr Fadnavis and assured him of all help from the centre.
Advisory for 48 hours
"The next 48 hours may see very heavy rainfall in Mumbai and suburbs... Precautionary measures include not venturing out unless necessary, electricity supply may be cut down to water-logging, it would be advisable to keep devices charged, stock food and supplies, roll down windows of vehicles while in traffic," the advisory read.
Schools to remain shut
The state government announced a holiday for all educational institutions in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis asked people to stay at home unless there is an emergency.