The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red weather alert for Mumbai and its surroundings on Monday, September 9, due to monsoon rains, which have affected the area since Tuesday, September 3. Transportation disruptions were reported throughout the city, with crowded conditions at railway stations due to train delays, as well as local train delays on the Main line.
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. Heavy rains are expected to continue through Friday, September 13.
Further disruptions, including commercial and transportation disruptions, are likely in the coming days.
Heavy rain and flooding are relatively common during the summer monsoon, which usually hits India from July to September.
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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