Mumbai limped back to normalcy Wednesday morning with public transport resuming services after torrential rains, that brought the city to a halt since Sunday, subsided.
The Central Railway has also decided to operate its suburban services in Mumbai division on Sunday time table, which means it will ply fewer trains, compared to weekdays when trains are run in full capacity. At least 31 people have died in rain-related incidents so far since Sunday. The rains, highest ever recorded since the 2005 deluge, paralysed the Maximum City, throwing rail, air and road traffic out of gear, with several trains and flights being cancelled.
In Malad East, a wall collapsed on hutments Tuesday in Kurar’s Pimpripada area, leaving 24 people dead. The death toll is expected to increase as many are feared stuck under debris. In Kalyan, the wall of a school collapsed on an adjoining residential structure, killing three persons. Two men died in a closed car in Malad, after the car drowned near a subway. A security guard lost his life after a compound wall collapse in Mulund and a man was electrocuted in Vile Parle. Two died of drowning in Palghar.
The Maharashtra government declared a public holiday in Mumbai Tuesday after the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in the city. Officials have advised people to avoid leaving their homes.
The weather agency has predicted heavy rainfall till July 5. Weather portal Skymet has predicted rainfall beyond 200 mm across Mumbai in that period.