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Mumbai Rains Cause Chaos: Schools Shut, Rivers Near Danger Mark



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Heavy rain in Mumbai on Sunday caused waterlogging, long traffic jams, and disruptions to local train services and flight operations. The downpours, which included heavy overnight showers, continued into Monday, with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicting more rain throughout the week. The local weather department reported that Mumbai’s Dindoshi area experienced heavy rain early Monday, leading to waterlogging in multiple areas.

The IMD has forecasted heavy rain in Maharashtra over the next few days, affecting regions such as Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada. The weather agency issued orange and yellow alerts for various districts in the state.

In response to the heavy rainfall, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation declared a holiday for all schools within its limits on July 9. The Central Railway in Mumbai took precautions to manage the situation, with services being restored after disruptions at certain stations.

As the rain continued, water levels in rivers like Kundalika in Raigad and Kalu in Thane approached their danger marks. The BMC issued a Red alert for Mumbai, urging residents to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary travel. Various traffic diversions were put in place to manage the waterlogging in the city.

Political leaders like Nana Patole criticized the Maharashtra government for its handling of the situation, while CM Eknath Shinde assured the public that authorities were working to address the challenges posed by the heavy rain. The Naval Force, Air Force, and NDRF teams were placed on alert to respond to emergencies.

Despite challenges, essential services like transportation and emergency response teams remained active. Schools and colleges in Mumbai were closed due to the inclement weather, affecting thousands of students. The Powai Lake in Mumbai began overflowing early Monday, posing additional challenges for the city’s infrastructure.

Rachel Adams

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