Rain fury in Maha, Minister’s house submerged, Army called

Police Control, Mumbai: 222623054 Disaster Control, BMC: 22694725

Western Railway Emergency Helpline: 137

MUMBAI: Heavy rains since early hours on Saturday inundated several parts of the metropolis particularly low-lying areas and normal life was disrupted with road, suburban rail and air service thrown out of gear due to flooding.

The incessant rain that began around 4:00 am has submerged several low-lying areas in Matunga, Sion, Bandra, Andheri, Wadla, Worli, Chembur, Lower Parel, Borivali and the Milan subway. The weather office has recorded over 178 mm of rainfall so far.

Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Jairaj Phatak said the city storm-water drains had capacity evacuate water upto 40 mm of rainfall.

“The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) cannot find solution overnight when the rainfall far exceeds 40 mm.”

“It is just like trying to convert four-lane to a 10-lane expressway overnight,” he said, adding building such infrastructure takes time.

Maharashtra Social Justice Minister Chandrakant Handore’s house in suburban Chembur was submerged besides several ground floor flats as the downpour intensified with forecast of high tide in the afternoon making the drainage of storm water more difficult.

The Mumbai civic body has advised people to stay indoors till 5 pm.

In the neighbouring Ratnagiri district, Army has been called out to assist the local administration to carry out relief work as one could see only sheet of water for miles in the face of flooding. Heavy rains were also reported from Raigad, Sangli and several other parts of the state.

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