At least ten dead after heavy rains lash Mumbai, suburban rail service resumes

Residents are putting out videos of waterlogging in several areas, while the meteorological department warns of more severe rainfall for the next three days.

Published: 29th August 2017 02:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 31st August 2017 01:29 AM   |  A+A-

Vehicles stuck at a flooded street after heavy rains in Thane Mumbai on Tuesday. | PTI

By Online Desk

MUMBAI: With the resumption of suburban rail service on the central and western sections, Mumbai started limping back to normalcy on Wednesday morning after the heavy rains yesterday.

At least ten persons lost their lives in different rain-related incidents yesterday in the city and nearby districts, with one more death reported after a man fell into an open manhole on Dadar's Matkar road.

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Though there were no reports of rain from Mumbai and its suburbs, heavy rains were reported from Thane, Dombiwali and adjoining parts of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

Nine people were washed away in separate incidents in the city, while two lost their lives due to drowning in adjoining districts of Palghar and Thane. Another man was killed when a wall came crashing down on him in Mumbai's Ghatkopar.

Flight operations in the city largely remained affected for the second day today, even though the rains subsided. Private carrier Jet Airways cancelled 19 flights out of the city, including some of its international services

The first train on the Western suburban section started from Churchgate at 12.06 am, while on the Central suburban section it started at 7.26 am. Shuttle services between Andheri and Virar on Western line and between Thane and Kalyan on the Central line had started last night.

Services on the Vashi-Thane trans harbour link too returned to normalcy. However, services on Harbour section have not yet started as water on the tracks has not receded, railway sources said.

High tide at around 7 am in the morning saw waves as high as 3.5 meters. Due to the high tide, low-lying areas of the city like Parel, Dadar and Sion remain waterlogged.

However, traffic on major roads coming towards Mumbai like the Goa, Pune, Nashik and Ahmedabad highways has resumed.

In areas where heavy waterlogging was seen yesterday, vehicles were abandoned on roads, which is hampering traffic in the area now.

Though there are no reports of rains as of now, the met department has sounded an alert of “very heavy rainfall” for the next 24 hours.

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Here are helpline numbers for assistance:

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BMC helpline: 1916 | BMC WhatsApp: 8454999999

UPDATES on Mumbai rain impact for Wednesday: 

  • With Mumbai slowly starting to breathe a sigh of relief after the rains, acts of kindness during the time are beginning to surface. Read the full story here.

  • A first-person account of the Mumbai rains from The New Indian Express reporter. Another account from Houston, Texas, where Hurrican Harvey Harvey, claimed 30 lives and left thousands homeless, is presented as a response.

  • In Maharashtra's Palghar, four people, including a three-year-old girl, were washed away in separate incidents following heavy rains.

  • A survivor of Duronto Express derailment got stuck in a local Mumbai train for eight hours. Read the full story here.

  • 16 trains cancelled in the city.

  • Watch video of a train parting water on completely submerged tracks in Mumbai. (Source: Twitter, @NavedJafri_BOO)

  • Man dies after falling into an open manhole on Dadar's Matkar road. Police register case on account of an eyewitness, reports ANI. 

  • Residents of Kurla slum in Mumbai say no help from the administration. 

  • Operations are normal at Mumbai Airport as of now: Airport PRO.

  • Heavy rains lash Oshiwara, Andheri areas once again. 

  • Kaali Peeli Taxis services started. 

  • All educational institutions and many offices are closed today: Subhash Talekar

  • Dabbawalas won't operate today as they were not able to collect back lunch boxes which they delivered yesterday: Subhash Talekar, Spokesperson

  • South Gujarat and other areas may experience heavy rains.In afternoon North Konkan region including Mumbai may experience light rain: IMD DDG

  • Mumbai is not going to see rains for few hours as the monsoon clouds have moved towards the north: KS Hosalikar, DDG IMD.

  • Severe water logging reported at Thane railway station in early morning hours following heavy rain. 

  • The Central railway has resumed services from Kurla to Dombivali.

  • BEST is operating additional buses from CSMT towards Thane via eastern free way on Routes C8 and C42: BEST PRO.

  • Metro rail services also functioning normally between Andheri and Ghatkopar.

  • Roads are normal all over Mumbai except little waterlogging at Sion: DCP PRO Mumbai Police

  • Light to moderate rainfall expected in Mumbai today: IMD DDG KS Hosalikar

  • Local train services resumed on Western Line. Visuals from Churchgate station.

  • Local train service resumes between Churchgate-Andheri. The first train from Churchgate to Virar started at 11:58 pm on Tuesday. 

Rains cripple Mumbai on Tuesday

Heavy rains lashed Mumbai and adjoining Navi Mumbai and Thane regions on Tuesday, forcing the state government to suspend local train services and issue orders allowing workers to leave offices. Schools and colleges are ordered to be shut on Wednesday.

The Meteorological Department warned of more rain in the next 24 hours, and an alert has been issued for high tides and 3.5 metre-high waves at 04:35 pm.

Traffic jams were reported on all major arterial roads, including the Eastern and Western Express Highway, Sion-Panvel highway and LBS Marg as the rains continued since last night.

WATCH VIDEO | Torrential rains bring Mumbai to a standstill


  • Navy makes arrangements to provide shelter to Mumbaikars stranded after heavy rains. (PTI)

        WATCH | Mumbai: Heavy rains disrupt rail traffic throughout city

  • Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) will remain open tomorrow and all the market segments will function normally. (ANI)

  • Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis says only employees handling critical tasks in government offices to be on duty tomorrow. (PTI)

  • The local train service begins between Thane to Kalyan on the fast line. (ANI)

  • Total 10 flights cancelled from Mumbai airport, 7 flights diverted and 23 flights asked to go-around till now.  (ANI)

  • Four more NDRF teams on the way to flood-hit Mumbai: TV Reports.

  • Leaves of all employees have been cancelled: BMC PRO. (ANI)

  • 200 trees/ branches fell and 70 short circuits have been reported today: BMC Control Room. (ANI)

  • 11 trains rescheduled and 7 trains cancelled till 7 pm. (ANI)
  • Maharashtra Education Minister says schools and colleges in Mumbai to remain shut tomorrow in view of forecast of heavy rain. (PTI)

  • Mumbai Police tweeted: Water logging has been cleared and Traffic has started moving on Bandra Worli sea link both north and south bound.

  • "The status of the weather system, which has brought heavy showers over the Mumbai region, has been upgraded from 'well marked low pressure' to 'depression'. It means it is set to bring more rains. Hence, we have predicted an extremely heavy rainfall," A K Srivastav, head of climate monitoring and analysis at IMD Pune, told PTI.

  • According to the civic body's disaster management cell, at least 20 incidents of trees fall and one of wall collapse were reported from across the city but there were no casualties. (PTI)

  • "The metropolis has received heavy rainfall since last night. Between 8.30 am and 12 pm today, the city received 85 mm rainfall," Sudhir Naik, Deputy Municipal Commissioner, told PTI.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis over situation created in Mumbai by incessant rains; assures all possible support. (PTI)

  • UPDATE: Operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport resume. (ANI)

  • Operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport suspended for some time due to low visibility: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport PRO. (ANI)


  • Ganpati mandals make arrangements for food and shelter for people stranded in traffic.    

  • Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation declares 'emergency' in Mumbai.

  • Full traffic jam reported on Mumbai-Nashik Highway.                

  • Regional Meteorological Centre issues heavy rainfall warning for next three days in Maharashtra. (ANI)
  • Waterlogging points: Khar, Milan and Sainath. Heavy traffic in Andheri, Wakola, Hansabungra, Film City junction, Santa Cruz, Worli sea face, and Lotus junction.

    Water enters Kamala Raman colony along
    Western Railway near Matunga station.
    (Photo by special arrangement)
  • Due to heavy winds and downpour since morning, six to seven flights had to do go-arounds while landing, and four to five flights were diverted to nearby airports, including an Indigo Guwahati-Mumbai flight to Ahmadabad, airport officials said. (PTI)


Rains and fog in Kurla, Mumbai. (By
special arrangement)
  • The Meteorological Department has predicted 250 mm rains in next 24 hours.

  • Water enters KEM Hospital. Patients shifted to upper floors.

  • High tide alert at 4.35pm. 3.35 metre-high waves are expected. Condition in Mumbai can worsen if the downpour continues.

  • Maharashtra Government issues orders for all offices to allow employees to leave in wake of heavy rains and IMD Warning. (ANI)

  • Waterlogging was reported in low-lying areas of Parel and Sion. A tree fell on the busy Saat Rasta road, affecting road traffic.

  • Waterlogging on tracks was reported in Andheri and Bandra, civic officials said.

  • Suburban train services were suspended on the main line between Parel and Kurla from 12.30 pm and on the Harbour line between Vadala Road-Kurla from 12.20 pm, according to Central Railways.

  • Three teams of National Disaster Response Force stationed in Mumbai have been put on alert and two additional teams have been moved from Pune to Mumbai.

  • Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has so far reported three incidents of wall collapse, 16 incidents of electrical short circuits and 23 incidents of trees, branches falling in the past 24 hours.

Satellite image of clouds over Maharashtra.
  • Traffic snarls across all major roads in the south-central Mumbai region. 

  • According to an announcement by the Indian Meteorological Department, heavy to very heavy rainfall warning has been issued for Maharashtra, especially the northern Konkan region. 

(With inputs from agencies)

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