Rains impact print business in Mumbai

Heavy Rains Bring Mumbai To A Standstill
Mumbai faces risk of 2005 like floods; BMC's Disaster Management chief on leave

31 August, 2017

Residents in the city walked home, hitched rides on trucks or spent the night in their offices as the deluge evoked memories of the flooding in 2005 caused by a cloudburst that dumped almost a metre of rain in a single day, killing 570 people, grounding flights and cutting off rail and road links.

Mumbai suffered heavy rainfall for continuous 24 hours highest to be recorded since 2005, traffic and train routines coming back to normal. It was second only to 346.2 mm of rainfall registered on August 23, 1997, the data showed.

As torrential rainfall brought Mumbai to a standstill on August 29, Mumbaikars extended their helping hands in all possible ways for the stranded fellow citizens.

"We tried to go home but there was no trains nor cabs and the rain got heavier", said Priya Raju who is handling the PrintWeek India Awards project.

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BMC chief Ajoy Mehta said that besides the heavy rainfall in a short span of few hours, plastic bottles and bags and other garbage struck in drains blocking the flow of water to the Arabian Sea.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport reported 30 to 35 minutes delay in the morning, however, by evening the flight schedule too was normal. The Railway Ministry said on twitter that the services on the western railway resumed yesterday at 11.58 pm and stranded passengers were evacuated.

At the time of going to Press, the trains of Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR), were almost normal. Three National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are stationed in Mumbai and two additional teams have been moved from Pune too.

The commissioner lauded the coordination among the various agencies and the people of Mumbai in order to effectively tackle the flood situation.

Five flood rescue teams and two diving teams are also ready to render assistance at different locations across Mumbai, he added.

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