The Maximum City experienced unusual heavy rainfall yesterday which caused people stranded for hours. With 298mm of rainfall in just 9 hours, the city was at a standstill.
The waterlogged roads, disappearing railway tracks, those waterfall videos at the local stations, trees falling, overflowing nallas; all of this couldn’t stop this city and help from every corner flooded more than the water. People across the city offered help in various forms: shared rides, shelter, food and drinking water, phone charging stations, etc.
Maharashtra government issued an advisory: “The next 48 hours may see very heavy rainfall in Mumbai and suburbs… Precautionary measures include not venturing out unless necessary, electricity supply may be cut down to waterlogging, it would be advisable to keep devices charged, stock food and supplies, roll down windows of vehicles while in traffic…” as reported by Indian Express.
The transportation has now resumed back to normal. Some of the updates are-
- Jet Airways, Vistara and IndiGo offered its passengers to cancel or reschedule their August 30 flights without any penalty or cancellation fee.
- Metro rail services also functioning normally between Andheri and Ghatkopar.
- Traffic from Bandra Worli Sealink is moving. No tolls for today, as per CM’s orders.
- Traffic on Western Express Highway is clear both on south and north bound.
Here are our tips to stay safe during this time:
1. Don’t leave the house unless it’s an emergency.
2. Let your household staff stay at home and take care of their families.
3. Store some food and drinking water.
4. Charge your phones and laptops.
5. Save emergency numbers in your phone.
6. Communicate to your friends and family that you are fine (you can mark yourself safe on Facebook).
7. Offer help to others if you can (today and in the coming days).
Despite the crazy rains and flooding, the Mumbai spirit never dies. It’s amazing to see how strangers help strangers, organizations and groups organize food supplies to people stranded.
And also the Indian Navy community kitchens are providing food at Churchgate, Byculla, Parel, CST, Worli, Tardeo, Mumbai Central, Dadar, Mankhurd, Chembur, Malad and Ghatkopar this morning.
Food distribution by Ganesh mandal of Lalbaugcha Raja to the devotees stranded there.
We appreciate every citizen for their efforts and hope everyone is safe now.