Mumbai received a fresh round of downpour Saturday, days after the weather department forecast heavy downpour in the city over the weekend. The rain has resulted in severe water-logging in many parts of the city. According to some weather experts, the situation might get worse than the 2005 Mumbai rains.
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Local trains are also running late by 10-15 minutes. Over 32 flights were delayed and three cancelled due to weather conditions. In the wake of the warning from the weather department, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has cancelled the leaves of all its senior officials for the weekend, besides taking a number of precautionary measures to ensure that the residents don’t face any problem.
People have been asked to stay indoors. In a statement, the Regional Meteorological Centre of Mumbai said, “As rainfall activity is likely to enhance from 8th June with further increase on 9th June, people are advised to abstain from outdoor activities as much as possible during the period and also watch for the weather.”
Fishermen have also been warned against going too far out into the sea. The Mumbai police also warned people to drive safe after a vehicle tripped over in Parel due to slippery roads resulting from the rain. Schools will be kept open at all times for shelter in case of flooding. Navy personnel have been put on stand-by in parts of the city that are usually most flooded when there is heavy rain.
Heavy rain has also been forecast for coastal Karnataka, Goa and south Maharashtra.