Mumbai Schools, Colleges To Be Closed Tomorrow Amid Rain Alert: 10 Points

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Streets were waterlogged in several parts of Mumbai after heavy rain overnight.

Mumbai:  Air Force today airlifted 56 people from Khandvali, one of the rain-hit villages in Thane district near Mumbai after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis sought help from the IAF to rescue the villagers. People in Mumbai woke up to waterlogged streets after heavy rain overnight, which also flooded train tracks and affected rail services. Heavy downpour over the weekend claimed at least two lives in Mumbai and neighbouring areas, even as five died across the state. An unidentified man was washed away in flood waters at Mumbai’s Dharavi earlier today, following which fire and police personnel launched a search operation. Civic authorities have also announced that educational institutions in the city will remain closed on Monday to ensure that students are not put at risk.

Here is your ten point cheatsheet on Mumbai rains:

  1. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis thanked the Air Force for “safely rescuing” villagers from Khadavali.  “Thank you Indian Air Force for the quick help and safely rescuing 56 villagers from Khadavali in Thane district,” he tweeted.
  2. The India Meteorological Department said that intense rainfall is expected to continue for another 24 hours, following which it will steadily decrease over the next two days.
  3. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation announced that all educational institutions, government as well as private, will remain shut on Monday. “Some government offices providing emergency & essential services will remain open. Private office staffers may move out only if essential,” it said.
  4. Maharashtra has requested six more teams of the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar in view of heavy rains. 
  5. At least 400 people from a residential area near the Mithi river in Mumbai were shifted after its water level crossed the danger mark following heavy rains in the city.
  6. Train services were hit in Mumbai this morning after heavy rainfall overnight. “Due to the accumulation of water on tracks at a few sections following heavy and continuous rains, the Central Railway’s services on the Main line and Harbour Line between the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (in Mumbai) and Karjat, Kasaraand Khopoli are suspended since 8 am,” its chief spokesman Sunil Udasi said.
  7. Air traffic was also hit this morning at the Mumbai airport. “There were six go-arounds (aborted landing of an aircraft) and two diversions at the Mumbai Airport this morning,” an airport official said.
  8. Four people were injured in a rainfall-induced landslide at Rajiv Gandhi Nagar in Goregaon East. The injured have been shifted to hospital, news agency ANI reported.
  9. As many as 170 people, 50 of them patients, were evacuated from the Surya Hospital in nearby Pune after continuous discharge from the nearby Mulshi dam flooded its basement.
  10. Two deaths were reported in Mumbai and neighbouring areas on Saturday amid heavy rain. A man was electrocuted while another suffered serious injuries after the roof of a bakery collapsed in Thane’s Mumbra, located on the outskirts of Mumbai.

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