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04 Sep 2019 | 03:30 PM UTC

India: Heavy rain causes flooding in Mumbai September 4

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Heavy rainfall causes flooding in Mumbai September 4; traffic disruptions and additional flooding likely over the coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/4/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/6/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Mumbai

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Event

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red weather alert for Mumbai and its surroundings on Wednesday, September 4, due to monsoon rains which have affected the area since Tuesday, September 3. The rains have produced flooding in some part of the city with over 10 cm (4 in) of rain recorded; low-lying areas of the city have been the most seriously affected by the rainfall. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) evacuated around 1300 people in Kurla district where water rose up to 100-150 cm (40-60 in). Authorities have advised individuals to remain indoors and ordered all schools to close for the day.

Transportation disruptions have been reported with several main roads submerged in water, causing significant traffic congestion throughout the city. Suburban and long-distance rail services on the Western Railway, Western Line, Central Railway, and Harbour lines are also facing significant disruptions (i.e. delays and cancelations).

Heavy rains are expected to continue through Friday, September 6. Further disruptions are likely in the coming days.

Context

Heavy rain and flooding are relatively common during the summer monsoon, which usually hits India from July to September.

Advice

Individuals present in affected areas are advised to keep abreast of the situation, avoid areas directly hit by flooding, and adhere to any orders issued by the local authorities or their home governments. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded. Be aware that the risk of contracting water- and mosquito-borne diseases tends to rise after periods of heavy rainfall.

 

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