Mumbai: Normal life was disrupted on Wednesday as heavy rain continued to fall in the city and its suburbs, causing flooding and traffic jams in many places. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) says that it will rain a lot in Mumbai and its suburbs until Friday, and in some places it could rain very hard.
Officials say that flooding in low-lying areas and on the train tracks has stopped train and bus service on some routes in the city.
Since Monday, there have been heavy rains in Maharashtra, and the water level in some rivers has been rising quickly. A man died in Thane when he hit a pothole while riding his motorcycle and fell off. He was crushed to death.
Early this morning, there were reports of a landslide near Pratapgad Fort in Satara district. The landslide was caused by heavy rains. Officials said that no one was hurt or killed.
The Weather Department has sent out “red” and “orange” alerts saying that Raigad, Ratnagiri, and some other districts will get very heavy to very heavy rain over the next few days.
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde told state administration officials on Tuesday to take the necessary precautions and make sure no one gets hurt or anything gets broken.
The Chief Minister also went to the disaster control room of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BCM) and said that he had told the authorities to move people away from places where landslides are likely to happen so that no lives would be lost.
He said that several teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been sent to different parts of the state, and if more help is needed, more people will be sent.