Mumbai schools, colleges to remain shut amid more rain predictions
Mumbai : The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has announced that schools and colleges will remain shut on Monday as more rain is predicted in the state; the move is aimed to keep students out of risk due to flooding caused by incessant rainfall over the last few days.
The authorities have also warned people of not going near the beaches or seafront for the next two days due to high tides, strong waves, besides forecast of heavy rains.
According to India Meteorological Department Deputy Director KS Hosalikar, in the last 24 hours, Mumbai received 100 mm rain while the suburbs Thane and Navi Mumbai recorded a rainfall of over 250 mm.
The weather department said that heavy to very heavy rainfall will hit the city and extremely heavy rain at isolated places for the next 24 hours.
At least four persons died in rain-related incidents in Mumbai, Pune and Palghar districts, while a man is missing after he fell into a swollen nullah in Dharavi in central Mumbai in afternoon.
The Central Railways on Sunday cancelled six trains, diverted six and one short terminated due to heavy rainfall and waterlogging in Mumbai.
Mumbai experienced a 4.86 metres high tide at 2.29 p.m., and the combined effect of the existing waterlogging and continuing rains, led to homes in many parts of the suburbs experiencing fresh flooding this afternoon.
The BMC, NDRF, two columns of Indian Army, Navy and Air Force, besides all other agencies are on a high alert for any eventuality in Mumbai and Thane.
In a relief to major travelers, most flights were operating at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport with delays of around 30 minutes, said officials.