Rain pounds Mumbai; 8 killed in two days

Rain pounds Mumbai; 8 killed in two days

Damaged vehicles are pictured amongst debris after a landslide following heavy monsoon rain showers in Mumbai. AFP

Heavy rain on Monday disrupted road and rail traffic in Mumbai, with the financial capital and the larger Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) receiving almost 300 mm rainfall in 36 hours.

Showers lashed the metropolis and Thane district throughout Sunday night and continued on Monday, causing water-logging at several places and slowing the movement of suburban trains, thus inconveniencing thousands of school and office-goers.

Eight people were killed in the last two days in MMR. Since Friday, over 25 people have lost their lives across Maharashtra in rain-related incidents.

Vehicles buried

Monday's rain put a 32-storey Mumbai skyscraper at risk after its parking lot caved in, burying several cars.

Flight operations were near normal. There were no major delays at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

Two flights were diverted, according to an airport spokesperson. 

Central Railway trains were delayed on account of water-logging in Thane, Sion and Kurla among other places.

There was severe water-logging in central Mumbai areas of Sion, Matunga, Kings’ Circle and Hindmata. Road traffic came to a standstill and people had to wade through knee-deep waters. Water gushed into several ground-floor flats.

The Regional Meteorological Centre of the IMD has forecast similar weather conditions for Tuesday and Wednesday.

The road traffic between Mumbai-Gujarat and Mumbai-Goa moved at a slow pace due to water-logging and breaches. 

Traffic along the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway was affected after heavy rainfall in Palghar district resulted in a swollen Vaitarna river. People held on to each other to cross the road.