Monsoon rain paralyses Mumbai for 2nd day, train and flight services disrupted

Published on : Saturday, June 20, 2015

rainHeavy monsoon rain continues to paralyse Mumbai, the largest city of India, with millions of residents warned to stay indoors by the government, as more downpours are expected in the next 24 hours.



Train services, which form the main mode of transport for 21 million people in the city and its suburbs, remained crippled with authorities seeking police and army assistance in relief work, with two deaths recorded so far.



Last night, most parts of the city were without clean water and power, forcing most commercial areas to close for business for the second day in a row.



Officials said, domestic and international flights were delayed and some flights were forced to be rescheduled.



Maharashtra chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, said high tides and clogged drains worsened efforts to pump out storm water into the sea.



With most parts of the city located below sea level, experts warned that it will take days before the water can be completely drained out.



Meanwhile, local media reported of growing frustration among local residents with politicians who started the blaming game for the failure of local authorities in dealing with the annual monsoon season.



Even Devendra, of the BJP government, was quoted by the media as saying that, problem of more than 10 years under the previous Congress government, cannot be solved “overnight.”



In a related development, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said, the worst was not over, with 300mm of rainfall being recorded yesterday alone.



The department said, under normal circumstances, such volume of rainfall would be recorded over a period of 15 days.



Experts say, such intensity of rainfall was difficult for any city in the world to handle, with several pumping stations still under construction.

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