It is not unusual for a city to shut down for a day or two because it cannot bear the brunt of nature’s fury—it could be a typhoon, rain or snow. It happens all over the world.
Mumbai has always shut down for a couple of days every monsoon. And so it did on Saturday, after being battered with 430 mm of rain in 24 hours. It is unfair to expect the government to cope with such an assault from the dark skies.
But that does not mean that the authorities should be let off the hook. Their failure is of a different type. It is now clear that Mumbai (and hundreds of towns and villages near it, in case we forget) needs a far better weather warning system. It is shocking how often the weather bureau gets its forecasts wrong.
The other big failure is disaster management. It is the same areas that get flooded every year, and there is no reason why the civic authorities cannot help distressed citizens in a faster and more effective manner.