Several trains were delayed, flight services disrupted and roads flooded as heavy rains lashed parts of Mumbai on Thursday. Trains on the Mumbra Thane line were running late by 20-25 minutes and a Jet Airways flight from London was diverted to Ahmedabad.
The heavy rains resulted in water logging at several areas across the city, including Dadar, Parel, Cuff Parade, Bandra, Borivali and Andheri.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted “really very heavy” rainfall along the Maharashtra coast, including Mumbai, over the next 24 hours.
BMC gears up to tackle 'heavy rainfall' in Mumbai
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has cancelled leaves of all the senior officials and asked them to be available in their headquarters till Sunday, a statement issued by the civic body said.
A BMC official said that they have taken several precautionary measures to tackle any eventuality. Three National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been stationed at Parel, Mankhurd and Andheri Sports Complex areas.
The BMC will also rush six Flood Rescue Teams of Mumbai Fire Brigade at the Regional Command Centres.
The emergency support functions like BEST (bus transport system), police and education officers have also been alerted. The authorities have asked education officers to keep shelter schools open.
The Besides, Navy personnel will be deployed in Colaba, Worli, Ghatkopar, Trombay, Malad for flood rescue if required, the BMC release said.
Heavy rains lash Kerala as southwest monsoon sets in
Meanwhile, the South West Monsoon become active over Kerala and heavy rains were witnessed in the southern state. The rains were likely to continue in Kerala over the next 5 days, an IMD official said.
A warning had also been issued to the fishermen as strong winds with speed up to 50 kmph was likely to hit the Kerala and Lakshadweep coast in the next 24 hours.
(With agency inputs)