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05 Sep 2019 | 03:16 AM UTC

India: Transportation disruptions due to heavy rain in Mumbai September 5 /update 1

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Heavy rains and flooding have caused transportation disruptions in Mumbai on September 5; further localized transportation delays and cancelations expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/5/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/6/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Mumbai

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Event

Authorities from the Western Railway have announced at least three train cancelations, including Surat-Mumbai Central, Mumbai Central-Surat, and Bandra T-VAPI, as of the morning (local time) of Thursday, September 5, due to ongoing heavy rains in Mumbai. Local train routes, particularly to and from Mumbai Central, were reportedly severely affected by waterlogging on Wednesday, September 4, leading to several cancelations. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus-Vashi Harbour route has not yet been restored as of 08:30 on Thursday. At least 20 flights were canceled and another 280 delayed at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) on Wednesday due to the heavy rain and poor visibility. Residual delays are expected on Thursday, and further cancelations cannot be ruled out. Traffic congestion on major roads throughout the city has reportedly improved as of Thursday morning as water levels began receding.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red weather alert for Mumbai and its surroundings on Wednesday due to monsoon rains which have affected the area since Tuesday, September 3. The rains have produced flooding in some parts 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. As of September 4, the state government continues to advise individuals to remain indoors and has closed all schools. 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, confirm flight reservations, 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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