Flood-hit Mumbai limps back to life after record rainfall

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A fruit vendor struggles to cope with flooding in Mumbai. Photo: BBC

Fears rose along with the flood waters on Wednesday, as Mumbai witnessed a fresh bout of heavy rain. However, after the record rainfall on Tuesday, India’s financial capital was limping back to life, with rail and road traffic resuming, according to media reports.

The Hindustan Times reported that between 8.30 am and 8.30 pm on Tuesday, Mumbai’s Santacruz weather station recorded 331.4 mm rain, categorized as “extremely heavy.” Colaba, which is representative of south Mumbai, recorded 101.8 mm during the same period. The rainfall is expected to surpass the 24-hour August record of 346.2 mm on August 22, 1997.

The Economic Times reported that streets remained waterlogged and road and rail traffic were affected on Wednesday. While the Mumbai traffic police claimed that the roads were clear for travel, traffic continued to move very slowly in several parts of Mumbai.

Western Railway completely resumed operations, but service on the Central Railway Main Line and Harbour Line remained erratic.

Meanwhile, Zee News reported six rain-related deaths over the past two days. Three people, including two minors, lost their lives in separate house-collapse incidents; a 32-year-old woman and a teenage girl died in Thane; and the body of a 30-year-old lawyer was recovered in a suburban area.

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