The weather office has sounded a “red alert” for heavy rain today in Mumbai, which reported 200 mm of rain yesterday, about nine times more than average.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted to say that people in and around Mumbai are “advised to stay back home unless there is an emergency”, but “essential services and critical staff in Government will be on duty tomorrow”.
Operations at the Mumbai airport, suspended for a while on Tuesday evening because of low visibility, have resumed. But flights are delayed, as are trains. There is waist-high water at many places and big traffic jams all over the city. “Stay Safe,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged Mumbai in a tweet.
The met office has said that while Mumbai is likely to see less intense rain tomorrow, with a storm moving away, they expect heavy rain for at least 24 hours more. Tuesday’s rain was the heaviest since July 2005, when floods paralysed the city.