Heavy, incessant rain has paralysed Mumbai and left at least20 dead in the city and its neighourhood. Since yesterday, Mumbai has received the heaviest rain in a decade. The weather office has warned of more rain in Mumbai, Palghar, Thane and Raigad in the next few hours. Suburban trains in parts of Mumbai were cancelled by the Central Railways, which cited “nature’s fury”. Over a dozen people were killed as a wall crashed in Malad around 2 am; efforts are on to save a 10-year-old girl trapped under the debris. Pictures from Nalasopara showed the railway station waterlogged. Flights have been diverted as the main runway of the Mumbai airport is blocked by a stranded plane.
The Meteorological Department warned of “extremely heavy” rainfall in adjoining areas of Thane and Palghar on July 3, 4 and 5. Private weather agency Skymet said Mumbai is at “serious risk of flooding” between July 3 and 5. “Close to 200 mm or more rain per day is likely during this period, which could hamper normal life,” it said.