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Mumbai Grapples with Heavy Rainfall, Disrupting Transport Services



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Heavy rainfall in Mumbai early Monday morning led to widespread waterlogging and disrupted transport services across the city.

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) rerouted numerous buses as streets became waterlogged.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) reported over 300 mm of rainfall in various locations between 1 am and 7 am.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasted continued heavy rainfall throughout the day and possibly into the night, with thunderstorms expected.

Mumbai was compelled to declare a holiday for the first session in all BMC, government, and private schools and colleges to avoid inconvenience to students.

Central Railway services experienced disruptions due to waterlogging at stations like Sion, Bhandup, and Nahur, leading to temporary halts in train operations.

Western Railway used high-capacity water pumps to drain water from tracks, enabling a return to normalcy in the suburban section, albeit with restricted speeds between Kalyan and Kasara.

Flight operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport were also affected, with airlines like IndiGo and Vistara issuing advisories to passengers regarding delays and disruptions.

IndiGo offered passengers the option of alternate flights or refunds, while Vistara warned of traffic congestion en route to the airport.

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