After Monday Mayhem, Mumbai Life Returning to Normal as Rain Moderates
Moneylife Digital Team 09 July 2024
Life in Mumbai, which was thrown out of gear due to heavy rains on Monday, is now returning to normal with subsiding rains. The heavy pounding between Sunday night and Monday morning had thrown flights, railways and road traffic into chaos, stranding lakhs of commuters and leading to closure of all educational institutions. 
On Tuesday, schools and colleges remained shut in Mumbai, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts as a precautionary measure, following a forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) about heavy to very heavy rains till Wednesday in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, and Ratnagiri districts and other parts of Maharashtra. 
Some areas in Mumbai received more than 300mm of rainfall in just six hours, ending at 7am Monday, causing inundation of roads and low-lying areas. Heavy rains also lashed the city throughout the day, further compounding the woes of residents and leading to the closure of schools.
On Monday, the Central Railway (CR) and its harbour line took the brunt of the rain with significant disruption in its suburban and long-distance train services. This led to huge crowds waiting at almost every railway station on the CR network. The CR rescheduled 15 long-distance trains scheduled to depart to different parts of India, cancelled one train and short-terminated one train in the Nashik region.
Western Railway (WR) also faced around 10-minute delays due to waterlogging on the tracks between Matunga and Dadar stations. 
The operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) were hit with around 27 incoming flights getting diverted to airports in Gujarat, Indore or Hyderabad between 2.22am to 3.40am due to heavy rains. The CSMIA and carriers like Air India, SpiceJet, IndiGo, Vistara and others issued advisories to air passengers to check on the status of their flights before starting for the airport.
Scores of big and small vehicles were either stuck or submerged partly/fully in different areas of the city, which were removed by cranes and incidents of tree falls and other minor incidents, though there are no reports of any casualties so far.
For the next 24 hours, the regional meteorological centre in Mumbai has predicted a generally cloudy sky with intermittent moderate to heavy spells of rain in the city and suburbs. 
While life is returning to normal in Mumbai with moderate rains, as against the red alert (heavy rains) predicted by the IMD, social media is witnessing loads of memes. 
On X, one Mr White says, "I really appreciate the consistency with which IMD declared red alert for mumbai (AFTER a heavy rain day) and then that “red alert” day is sunny. Every single time they predict heavy rain I don’t carry an umbrella and I’m usually fine. Nice to see them maintaining consistency."


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