- The meteorological department has warned of torrential rains with strong winds at various places in Mumbai.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray yesterday over the situation.
- In Mumbai, passengers were safely evacuated from two locomotives stuck between Masjid and Byculla local stations.
Heavy rains continued for the third day in a row in Mumbai and its suburbs. Rainfall has also increased in Konkan. Waterlogging has affected traffic in many parts of Mumbai. The Mumbai Municipal Corporation has said that the stagnant water has receded and the traffic has resumed smoothly.
The meteorological department has warned of torrential rains with strong winds at various places in Mumbai in the next three hours. The winds will blow at speeds of 40 to 50 kmph. It will continue to rain throughout the day with more or less travel.
Heavy rains lashed Mumbai and its environs yesterday. The drizzle continued throughout the night. Palghar, Konkan, and Kolhapur districts have also been hit by torrential rains. Heavy rains are also forecast in Konkan and Goa today.
Uddhav Thackeray Talks with Prime Minister
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray yesterday over the situation caused by torrential rains in and around Mumbai. He reviewed the rains falling in and around Mumbai.
“We will do our best to help Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to cope with the situation caused by torrential rains,” the Prime Minister assured. This information has been given by the Prime Minister’s Office. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray thanked the Prime Minister for the help extended to Mumbai.
290 Passengers Evacuated from Locomotive
In Mumbai, passengers were safely evacuated from two locomotives stuck between Masjid and Byculla local stations. As many as 290 passengers were stranded in both the trains. Heavy rains in Mumbai had soaked the railway tracks between Masjid and Byculla yesterday.
About 251 passengers were stranded on the Karjat-bound train, and 39 on the CSTM-bound train. All the passengers were rescued by Railway Security Force and National Disaster Management Force (NDRF) personnel.
Locals are currently operating in Mumbai for essential service personnel. Meanwhile, due to yesterday’s rain, a large amount of water had accumulated outside Byculla station.
Due to heavy rains in and around Mumbai, Vihar Lake, one of the lakes supplying water to Mumbai, started overflowing at 11 PM. It is one of the two smallest lakes supplying water to Mumbai. The lake was filled on July 31 last year.
Traffic on Mumbai-Goa Highway Stopped
Heavy vehicles have been stopped on the Mumbai-Goa highway. The small vehicles have been diverted to the Kolad-Vile-Nizampur-Borwadi-Dalghar route. However, this traffic will only start during the day. This decision has been taken as water is flowing from the Kalamje bridge on Ghodnadi in Mangaon.
Due to torrential rains in Kolhapur, the water level of Rajaram Dam is feared to exceed the danger level. Therefore, the people living on the banks of the Panchganga river have been instructed by the district administration to go to a safe place.
As the water level of the Panchganga River is approaching a dangerous level, the citizens on the banks have been asked to evacuate as a precautionary measure.
Panchganga Water at 41 Feet
The water level of Panchganga has reached 41 feet. The gates of the Radhanagari Dam are also likely to be opened at any moment. A total of 102 dams in the district have gone underwater. The intensity of rain has increased in Sangli.
Here, the water level of the Krishna River has reached 20 feet. It has been raining in the district for the last two days. Therefore, the level of Krishna and Warna rivers is increasing rapidly.
Due to continuous rains, parts of Thane, Palghar, and Mumbai have been inundated. Due to the ongoing rains, water has accumulated in some places. This has disrupted public life.
Appeal to Stay at Home
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had on Wednesday appealed to all citizens to stay at home. The Chief Minister has also reviewed the situation with the District Collectors of Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Palghar, Kolhapur, and Raigad districts. Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh has also tweeted urging Mumbaikars not to leave their homes.