Mumbai Rains: Flight services remain affected


Here are some scenes from Mumbai before and after the rain that brought it to a standstill.

Police said a 45-year-old woman and a 1-1/2-year-old child, members of the same family, died after their home in the northeastern suburb of Vikhroli crumbled on Tuesday, while a 2-year-old girl died in a wall collapse. The civic body should be complimented for this. Besides Konkan, heavy rains are expected in central Maharashtra and Marathwada region, in neighbouring Goa and Gujarat's Kutchh and Saurashtra regions starting from Wednesday till Sunday, according to IMD.

Residents in the city, home to the nation's central bank, stock exchanges and the Indian headquarters of Novartis AG and Citigroup, 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 three feet of rain on a single day, killing 570 people, grounding flights and cutting off rail and road links.

Dozens of commuters waded through waist-deep water on Tuesday evening.

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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 airlines had to either cancel and delay a number of flights, mainly due to difficulties being faced by their crew and passengers in reaching the airport.

A group of blind people walking back home after the storm today morning at Dadar. "Stranded trains are being cleared first and then CSMT to Thane traffic will resume", the official said.Services on the suburban corridor of the Western Railway (WR) are also back on track.

He said various agencies worked in coordination to tackle the yesterday's situation.

Meanwhile, speaking on the mitigation measures taken post the Mumbai floods, Sanjay Kumar, Directorate General, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said that 10 of their teams are on standby in the city and ready to be deployed, if need arises.