Mumbai rains: Maha CM asks people to avoid going outdoors

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Mumbai, Aug 5 (PTI) As heavy rains lashed Mumbai and neighbouring areas on Wednesday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asked people to stay indoors and venture out only for essential work.

Thackeray took stock of the situation and asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to coordinate with the police and railway authorities, health machinery and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to ensure that citizens do not face any hardships.

A statement issued by the chief minister's office (CMO) also said that Thackeray directed the authorities to monitor the situation arising out of disruption of power supply, uprooting of trees and water-logging as a result of heavy rains.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) officials were asked to ensure that there is no accident at the ongoing work at Metro Rail sites, it said.

Heavy rains lashed parts of Mumbai and neighbouring Thane and Palghar districts on Wednesday, affecting some local train and bus services due to water-logging on rail tracks and roads. PTI MR NP NP

News18 adds: The Mumbai Police today issued a warning asking people to stay indoors as heavy rains and winds lashed the city and its neighbouring areas. "We request Mumbaikars to stay indoors and not venture out unless it is extremely essential. Practice all necessary precautions and do not venture out near the shore or waterlogged areas," said Mumbai Police as the downpour brought up fears of the 2005 floods that had submerged large parts of the city. Some local train and bus services were affected due to water-logging on rail tracks and roads, officials said. Rains also lashed Pune, Satara and Kolhapur districts in western Maharashtra, they said.

Water-logging was reported in low-lying areas of Chembur, Parel, Hindmata, Wadala and other areas of Mumbai. The railway authorities suspended the suburban train operations between CSMT-Vashi stations on the Harbour line,CSMT-Kurla on the Main line and also between Churchgate and Kurla due to water-logging on tracks around Masjid Bunder, Kurla, Sion, Marine Line and other stations.