India’s financial capital slowly limped back to normalcy on Wednesday morning, after experiencing its second highest rainfall, in the last 45 years.
The highest rainfall in a single day in the metropolis was recorded on July 5, 1974 (375.2).
At 375.2 mm, the rainfall in the 24-hour period before 0830 hrs on Tuesday was the highest, since the July 26, 2005 deluge in Mumbai.
Though rains have taken a halt since this morning, the sub-urban train schedule on Central railways is yet to become normal, while the trains on Western line are functioning normally.
The Central authorities have informed that they are implementing Sunday’s sub-urban train time-table today, which means it will ply fewer trains, compared to weekdays, when trains are run in full capacity.
This has led to extremely heavy rush at all stations in Mumbai on a working day as commuters, including office-goers and students, are stranded at various railway stations.
A senior Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation official on Wednesday said that with respite from incessant showers, there was no more water-logging in any part of the city and sub-urban trains and BEST buses were running according to schedule.
According to a BEST Spokesperson, out of 3,203 buses, 2,950 were plying on roads.
‘In view of IMD forecast of very heavy rainfall, coupled with high tide on Wednesday, the Central Railway will run suburban services on July 3 in Mumbai Division, as per Sunday time-table,’ Chief Spokesperson of Central Railway Sunil Udasi said.
Special suburban services will be operated, if the need arises, he added.
At the Mumbai airport, the runway will remain closed till Thursday for operations. Several flights have been cancelled.
In the wake of record rainfall in Mumbai, airlines on Tuesday started offering waiver on cancellation, rescheduling charges for flights, to and from Mumbai.
The rescue operation is still on at the site of Malad wall collapse in suburban Mumbai incident, in which 22 people were killed.
Two persons died in Malad, after they were locked up in a car flooded with rain water. One person was electrocuted in Vile Parle and a security guard was killed in a wall collapse at sub-urban Mulund.
The NDRF team was put into service for vacating the water-logged low-lying areas at Kurla in Mumbai, on Tuesday. There was no casualty in the area, the official added.