"Urge the people of Mumbai and surrounding areas to stay safe and take all essential precautions in the wake of the heavy rain", the PM said. "However, the civic machinery was in place and worked properly", Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) Commissioner Ajoy Mehta told reporters.
Mumbai, Aug 30 Local trains services, which were disrupted by torrential rains, have become normal to a large extent, railway officials said today. The city gauged a whopping 298 mm of rainfall, the highest in a day in August since 1997.
Due to the lack of rains in the state, the state government launched a cloud-seeding experiment named Project Varshadhari on August 21 in a bid to have rains in the state, which has been witnessing a drought situation.
"The city faced an extraordinary weather condition due to low pressure area over Arabian sea".
The civic body is making arrangements for "visarjan" (immersion) of Lord Ganesh idols in the next few days, the officer said. Millions of people were left stranded in suburban trains, offices and railway stations. Five more contingents of NDRF are en route to Mumbai as a precautionary measure.
"The quantum of rainfall was extremely high". The critical situation arrived due to very heavy rainfall in such a short span of time.
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"We encountered some problems while resuming the services on the Harbour line, because few rakes had marooned and we had to shift them in the auto shed".
Navy helicopters have been kept on standby with flood rescue teams and divers also ready for deployment, the Press Trust of India news agency quoted a navy spokesman as saying.
Although Mumbai Traffic Police said that the roads are now clear, but the traffics still seems to be crawling as many have abandoned their vehicles on the roads in a hurry to safely reach their homes ass soon possible. There has been a reduction in the rainfall activity in last eight to 10 hours.
Nearly a month's worth of rainfall fell in a single day, with all schools and colleges remaining shut on Wednesday amid forecasts of further heavy downpours.
"Even the IMD on Monday said the rainfall was more than their expectations". However, on Tuesday, rain in the city had surpassed the 24 hour record just over a span of nine hours during the day itself.