Mumbai faces more rain after record downpour

"Thank God, there was no heavy rain overnight".

Shiv Sena who has been ruling the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in Mumbai since two decades appreciated the work of the civic bodies saying that in spite of heavy rainfall no major casualties happened and the situation did not go out of hand.

An 18-month-old infant, Nikhil Satyendra, and a 40-year-old man, Suresh A. Maurya, succumbed during treatment at Rajawadi Hospital in adjoining Ghatkopar suburb. A dozen people, mainly senior citizens, are reportedly missing in different parts of Mumbai though many are suspected as "lost" or temporarily not able to communicate.

On Wednesday, Mumbai and surrounding areas witnessed heavy rainfall. This is also the highest rainfall in a day in August since 1997.

At 23 places, over 200 mm rainfall was received.

The Western Naval Command has made arrangements to provide shelter to Mumbaikars who were left stranded after heavy rains lashed the metropolis yesterday. 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.

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On Monday the 28th, "his chain of command was holding their regular roll call when they noticed that Sgt. Perez, who worked in the traffic enforcement division, left home around 4 a.m.

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

The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport reported 30 to 35 minutes delay in the morning, however, by evening the flight schedule too was normal. Private carrier Jet Airways cancelled 19 flights out of the city, including some of its worldwide services. Most flights were delayed by around half an hour.

Many people were stranded for much of the night until the rail network reopened early Wednesday. However, few trains were cancelled.

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.

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

  • Sonia Alvarado