Heavy rain cripples Mumbai; road traffic and train services hit

Chennai: Mumbai, which is slowly recovering from Covid-19, was today hit by heavy rains that caused water-logging at several places and affected local train services and road traffic movement.

This morning, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has appealed to residents to stay at home and urged commercial establishments, except those providing essential services, to remain closed today as heavy rains are likely to continue for next 48 hours.

Suburban train services on the harbour line were stopped in the morning due to water-logging on rail tracks while services on the western and central lines were also affected.

Intense rainfall is predicted in many parts of the country including Tamilnadu, Kerala, Mumbai and other areas on the west coast and in peninsular India during the next three days as the monsoon is likely to strengthen over the Arabian Sea, and a low pressure is likely to develop in Bay of Bengal.

A special bulletin issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) here said a low pressure area was likely to form over North Bay of Bengal around 4 August (Tuesday) as per the latest analysis.