Mumbai reels as rains throw city off-track, again

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Mumbai reels as rains throw city off-track, again

Train disrupted, flights delayed, NDRF teams on relief and rescue work. All was happening yet again in the city that seeks to compete with global financial hubs.

Life in Mumbai was thrown into chaos as rains lashed the city for fourth day straight.Low-lying areas were flooded and road tarffic was gretly impacted as the city and its suburbs received more than 300 cm rain in the last two days.

Mumbai has now been placed at high alert.

Schools and colleges in some parts of the city declared a holiday today but government offices, the stock exchange and banks remained open.

"Disaster management cell and all concerned departments are working hard to provide every possible assistance to Mumbaikars," tweeted Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra CM. Indian Navy was kept on standby.

Mumbai local trains were running late by 45-60 minutes while many long-distance trains were rescheduled or cancelled. Disruptions in suburban train traffic incovenienced lakhs of commuters in the morning.

Several inbound or outbound long-distance trains, including even the Rajdhani Express, August Kranti Rajdhani Express, Shatabdi Express, Duronto Express and others, were either cancelled, terminated en route or diverted on the Mumbai-Gujarat and Mumbai-New Delhi sectors.

NDRF teams were pressed into rescue and relief work in and around the city. NDRF rescued passengers of Vadodara Express which was stranded between Virar and Vasai.

Anxious moments were experienced at Mumbai Airport when an Air India Express flight IX-213 with 89 passengers overshot the slippery runway by 10 feet and stopped on the paved stopway.

An AIX spokesperson said though the aircraft landed correctly and used maximum braking, it could not stop owing to the slippery conditions following heavy rains and stopped only on the paved stopway. There was no damage to the aircraft nor injuries to the passengers or crew.

Mumbai's dabbawalas, the city's famed lunch delivery men, suspended work for the day across the city due to the rains.

Weather officials have forecast heavy to very heavy monsoon rains in the city and surrounding areas over the next two days, and have urged people to stay indoors.

(With inputs from Reuters, IANS)