Mumbai heeds warning to stay home after worst rain in 12 years

The torrential rain plunged the city into chaos as water swamped homes, and submerged roads and railway tracks, leaving thousands of people stranded at various places.

Police said a 45-year-old woman and a 1-1/2-year-old child, members of the same family, died after their home in the northeastern suburb of Vikhroli crumbled on Tuesday, while a 2-year-old girl died in a wall collapse. While Mehta agreed that the quantum of rainfall was extremely heavy, but what happened was beyond what Mumbai's infrastructure could handle, he said.

The Shiv Sena, which controls the city civic body, accused the BJP, its alliance partner in the state government, of taking "undue credit" for the relief work being carried out by the Uddhav Thackeray-led party. Besides Konkan, heavy rains are expected in central Maharashtra and Marathwada region, in neighbouring Goa and Gujarat's Kutchh and Saurashtra regions starting from Wednesday till Sunday, according to IMD.

Tuesday's deluge in Mumbai - almost a month's average rainfall in a single day - had halted train services and led to flight cancellations.

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Meanwhile the Met department has said a "Red" warning has been issued for the next 24 hours for the city and adjoining areas, indicating there could be very heavy rainfall. Dozens of flights and local train services were also cancelled as rains lashed the coastal city.

Many people were stranded for much of the night until the rail network reopened early Wednesday. The Railway Ministry said on twitter that the services on the western railway resumed yesterday at 11.58 pm and stranded passengers were evacuated. Three National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are stationed in Mumbai and two additional teams have been moved from Pune too.

Five flood rescue teams and two diving teams are also ready to render assistance at different locations across Mumbai, he added.

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