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Mumbai Rain: 50 Flights Cancelled, Train Services Disrupted, Schools Closed

Mumbai and its surrounding areas have been lashed by heavy rains in the past 24 hours, causing widespread waterlogging and disruption of suburban train services. Some areas in the city recorded over 300 mm of rainfall within six hours from 1 am to 7 am on Monday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert for Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, and the Konkan belt. Vikhroli’s Veer Savarkar Marg Municipal School and MCMCR Powai recorded the highest rainfall in the last 24 hours, with over 315 mm of rainfall.

Over 50 flights have been canceled due to the downpour, with several airlines advising passengers to check flight statuses before heading to the airport.

Visuals from across the city showed people wading through waist-deep waters and cars lined bumper-to-bumper on Mumbai roads. All government, private, and municipal schools and colleges have been closed across the city.

At Dombivli station, people waited for trains on submerged tracks. Waterlogging was reported from Worli, Buntara Bhavan in Kurla East, King’s Circle area of Mumbai, Dadar, and Vidyavihar Railway Station. Over 30 lakh commuters use the suburban local train services in Mumbai and neighboring Thane, Palghar, and Raigad every day.

Train services between Kasara and Titwala stations in Thane district were suspended after soil covered the tracks between Atgaon and Thansit stations, disrupting rail traffic on the busy Kalyan-Kasara route. The tracks were declared unsafe at around 6.30 am.

Officials have said if the rain stops for over two hours, the waterlogging will subside, but the weather office has predicted heavy rain throughout the day. The IMD has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in Mumbai today.

Sea waves of 4.4 meters are expected at high tide around 2 pm.

Several trains were diverted, rescheduled, or terminated due to waterlogging between Kalyan and Kasara stations of the Mumbai division. Due to heavy rainfall and flash floods on the Vasind-Khardi section between 3 am and 6 am, the track embankment got damaged.

As of now, several teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are deployed in Thane, Vasai (Palghar), Mahad (Raigad), Chiplun (Ratnagiri), Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara Ghatkopar, Kurla, and Sindhudurg.

The NDRF rescued 49 people from a water-logged resort in Maharashtra’s Thane and 16 villagers in Palghar, using boats and life jackets to rescue those stranded due to flooding.

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