Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted, asking people to stay home unless there is an emergency. In terms of records, this is said to be the eighth-highest amount of rainfall in a single day in Mumbai in the last four decades.
Meanwhile, speaking on the mitigation measures taken post the Mumbai floods, Sanjay Kumar, Directorate General, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said that 10 of their teams are on standby in the city and ready to be deployed, if need arises. Although it did not rain anywhere near to that this time, yet it was enough to bring the fast paced life of Mumbai to a standstill. However, schools, colleges, and government offices remained closed as a precaution.
Weather officials predict heavy seasonal monsoon rains in the city and its surroundings over the next 24 hours, following more than 200 mm (7 inches) of rain in Mumbai, and urged people to stay indoors. "We are anxious about our relatives who are stranded due to the rain".
All Air India flights from the city were delayed since morning owing to rains and crew constraints. This well-marked low-pressure system is causing heavy to very heavy rainfall over Mumbai and adjoining areas. The railways ran trains through the night to evacuate all passengers. Trains of the western line were also running.
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Suburban train services on the Central Railway (CR) mainline resumed this morning after remaining suspended for almost 20 hours due to heavy downpour. About 83 percent of the country received normal to excess showers during the period while rest got deficient rain, it said. "The staff had not reached home yesterday and has not come to work today", said Bharat Jain, 52, a distributor for consumer packaged goods companies like Godrej Consumer Products Ltd and Marico Ltd, in Masjid Bunder.
Equally affected was transportation on the city roads as waterlogging has been reported from Dahisar, Borivali, Kandivali, Malad, Andheri, Jogeshwari, Santacruz, Bandra, Matunga, Dadar, Elphinstone, Mumbai Central, Mazagaon, Lalbaug, Parel, Sion, Wadala, Bhandup and other areas.
More than 1,200 people have died across India, Bangladesh and Nepal in the worst flooding to strike South Asia in years.