MUMBAI: By 12 pm, Mumbai was being urged to stay at home and step out only in case of an emergency after non-stop rain poured down through the morning, disrupting the city’s crucial trains and causing massive jams.
Television visuals showed a hospital in Parel flooded. Cars in Lower Parel were stranded; one driver lowered his window to show that he was nearly knee-deep in water.
Aditya Thackeray, whose Shiv Sena has charge of the city’s municipal corporation, said offices must not close early because the roads are already clogged with thousands of commuters. “A request to all at offices, stay put in offices till the rains subside. High tide around 4 pm. Heavy rains predicted bet Met dept,” he tweeted.
Traffic jams were reported on all major roads, including the Eastern and Western Express Highway.
Suburban services were disrupted with trains on all the three lines – western, central and harbour – running late. Large parts of train tracks were submerged in water.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said there’s no reason for panic but urged people not to venture onto the roads.
Actor-turned-entrepreneur Gul Panag tweeted, “Brace yourself Mumbai. Heavy rain coming.Plan ahead. Stay safe.”