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Mumbai rains LIVE updates: Heavy rains lash Andheri, Thane; death toll reaches six

At least six people have been dead in what is being termed as the worst floods in Mumbai since 2005. The India Meteorological Department has alarmed a “red alert” for heavy rains today in the maximum Mumbai city, which reported nearly 300 mm of rain in some parts on Tuesday. As a safety measure, schools and colleges have been closed with the Maharashtra government asking all non-essential government staff to stay at home if the rain continues.

Mumbai rains LIVE updates:

Aug 30, 2017: 11:26 am (IST)

The Mumbai city on Tuesday recorded 298 mm of rainfall, the highest in a day in August since 1997, according to data from the IMD Department. The Santacruz weather station gauged a whopping 298 mm of precipitation. This was second only to 346.2 mm of rainfall registered on August 23, 1997, the data showed.

The IMD’s Mumbai unit has data on rainfall since 1974. The figures recorded at the Santacruz weather station in the suburbs represent the overall figure for Mumbai. The department also has a station in Colaba, which is representative of south Mumbai.

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Aug 30, 2017: 11:14 am (IST)

Even as the India’s financial capital twirled under the impact of heavy rains, Shiv Sena, which rules the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation(BMC), today flattered the civic body for ensuring that the situation did not “go out of hand”. The BJP party has been ruling the cash-rich Mumbai civic body since over 2 decades. “The BMC’s preparedness to tackle the natural calamity ensured that the situation did not go out of hand. The civic body should be complimented for this. Even after heavy rains, no big unfortunate incident has taken place,” the Shiv Sena stated in a newspaper in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’. “Mumbai and Maharashtra have always received the blessings of Lord Ganpati. We believe that God will ease this trouble as well,” the Uddhav Thackeray-led party stated.

Aug 30, 2017: 11:06 am (IST)

Mumbai rain death toll rises to six, a man dead after falling into an open manhole on Dadar’s Matkar road. Police register case on version of eyewitness.

Aug 30, 2017:  11:06 am (IST)

Shortly after the suburban train services restarted after the rain fury, Churchgate and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus witnessed scenes similar to any evening when offices shut for the day and commuters flock to return home. People started moving out on the streets and made their way to the two primary train terminuses — CSMT on Central Railway and Churchgate on the Western Railway. The place of work turned into place of stay or a dormitory for the office goers and almost all the offices, particularly those of state-run institutions that dominate the south Mumbai area, hosted employees for the Tuesday night

Aug 30, 2017:  10:47 am (IST)

On social media, Mumbaikars alerted citizens to avoid certain roads and shared numbers, contact details of agencies that could offer help. Local people also shared their addresses and contact details, offering shelter and food to everyone who needs it.

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Aug 30, 2017: 10:36 am (IST)

The rains brought the best out of Mumbai’s citizens. A number of people opened up their homes and offices to people stuck on roads, to provide them food, shelter, clean clothes and water. From corporations to slum inhabitants, people offered hospitality to all those in need of it, with offers for free rides and free chai

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Aug 30, 2017:  10:18 am (IST)

Air Operations are normal at Mumbai Airport as of now. Delay of only 15 – 20 mins. All ex-Mumbai flights were delayed today since morning due to rains and also crew constraints due to water logging at many areas. Yesterday’s flights to Muscat AI 985 and AI 342 Singapore being operated today at 11:30 and 14:30.

Jet Airways issued a statement with concerns to heavy rain.

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Aug 30, 2017: 9:31 am (IST)

Pictures of personnel from the Indian Navy distributing food in Parel.

 

Aug 30, 2017:  9:23 am (IST)

Train services restarted on Harbour line. The city’s railway network, which carries nearly 80 lakh travelers every day, was halted by water-logging on tracks after more than 24 hours of continuous heavy rains. All services on the harbour and main line, which connect South Mumbai to Navi Mumbai and Thane district, were halted earlier in the day.

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