Intermittent rain with heavy to very heavy downpour is expected in Mumbai and suburban areas on Saturday, said Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). Local train services are also hit by the incessant rainfall. Five battalion of NDRF teams have been deployed in various parts of Mumbai to rescue stranded people.
Mumbai Police requested commuters to avoid water-logged areas and also to maintain distance from the sea.
Read all the latest updates on Mumbai rains
16.58 pm: Rescue operation for stranded passengers of Mahalaxmi Express has been called off by all agencies.
16.42 pm: Due to heavy rainfall and water logging on Konkan Railway in Ratnagiri region between Kolad and Mangaon Section, following trains are regulated.
Regulation of Trains on 27.7.2019
1. Train No. 50104 Up Ratnagiri – Dadar Passenger regulated at Veer station from 09.54 hrs.
2. Train No. 12617 Up Ernakulam – Hazarat Nizamuddin Mangala Lakshdweep Express regulated at Karanjadi station from 10.27 hrs.
3. Train No. 22659 Kochuveli – Deharadun Express regulated at Khed station from 11.15 hrs.
4. Train No. 19331 Up Kochuveli – Indore Jn. Express regulated at Chiplun station from 12.10 hrs.
5. Train No. 22656 Dn Hazarat Nizamuddin – Thiruvananthpuram Express regulated at Kolad station from 10.18 hrs
6. Train No. 50105 Dn Diva – Sawantwadi Passenger regulated at Kolad station from 09.52 hrs.
16.32 pm: An official said the river water gushed on the highway near Khed in Ratnagiri district this morning.
Savitri and Amba rivers in Mahad and Pali in Raigad district are also in spate following which traffic at Nagothane and on Khopoli-Pali road has been suspended, he said.
15.56 pm: All passengers of Mahalaxmi Express have been evacuated safely. In a tweet, Union home minister Amit Shah praises rescue teams for their 'exemplary' efforts.
16.24 pm: Streets flooded in Bhiwandi due to heavy rainfall in the region
15.54 pm: Special buses have been arranged to bring the passengers of Mahalaxmi Express. Two Buses of rescued passengers have reached Badlapur station from the site, tweeted Central Railways
15.30 pm: Mumbai-Goa national highway in Maharashtra has been shut for traffic since Saturday morning due to flood in the Jagbudi river
15.19 pm: India Meteorological Department (IMD) Mumbai: Due to the strengthening of monsoon currents and the formation of low-pressure area over North West Bay of Bengal, the rainfall intensity is very likely to increase over North Konkan during next 48 hours.
15.31 pm: A special train with 19 coaches will leave from Kalyan to Kolhapur with the passengers of Mahalaxmi Express, says Chief Public Relations Officer of Central Railway
15.05 pm: All passengers of Mahalaxmi Express have been evacuated safely, says Chief Public Relations Officer, Central Railway
14.14 pm: Due to bad weather, helicopters of Navy & Air Force have returned to base after doing aerial survey. One inflatable boat disembarked by Navy choppers to assist in rescue operations, ANI reports
13.59 pm: Two people got injured here on Saturday morning after the metal shed of Sai Vandana building collapsed and fell on Banarashi Chawl near Amar Jyoti society in Thane
13.53 pm: Mahalaxmi Express update
Railways spokesperson told PTI that a "special relief train" would be laid on to take the passengers to their destinations
13.49 pm: Mahalaxmi Express left Mumbai late Friday for Kolhapur but got only 60 kilometres (37 miles) before it became stranded as torrential rain flooded the tracks.
Authorities called in the Indian navy and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to use helicopters and boats.
13.35 pm: Mahalaxmi Express update
Evacuated passengers being lodged at safe places from where they will be moved to Badlapur, Chief Public Relations Officer, Central Railway
13.26 pm: Mahalaxmi Express update:
7 Navy teams, 2 helicopters of Indian Air Force, 2 Military columns have been deployed along with local administration. 2 more military columns are on the way. The situation is under control, said Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis
13.16 pm: National Disaster Response Force says 500 people have been rescued till now from the stranded Mahalaxmi Express, ANI reports
13.05 pm : Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis instructs the Chief Secretary to personally monitor rescue operations at Wangani where 700 people are stranded in Mahalaxmi Express
13.01 pm: Water level is reducing near Badlapur where Mahalaxmi express was stranded. Once the water level comes below 1 feet, the railways will send engine to pull the train towards Badlapur.
12.45 pm: Mahalaxmi Express update:
Maharashtra government spokesperson Brajesh Singh said eight NDRF boats are deployed.
Central Railway's senior spokesperson A K Jain said the NDRF teams will rescue the stranded passengers and they will be brought to Badlapur station.
12.31 pm: 13 trains diverted, 6 short-terminated and 2 cancelled due to heavy rainfall and overflowing Ulhas river resulting in water logging at Ambernath, says Sunil Udasi, Chief Public Relations Officer, Central Railway
12.22 pm: Along with TDRF (Local task Force) Navy and NDRF. two Army Column is also reaching the location where Mahalaxmi Express is stranded due to heavy in Mumbai
12.17 pm: Pune has received 72 mm of rains until 5:30 am today, the heaviest downpours in the city during recent times, Skymet Weather reports
12.11 pm: Update on flights
IndiGo has cancelled three flights to Mumbai from various destinations for Saturday, the official said.
Besides, another eight incoming aircraft had to do a go-around before landing at the city airport, the official said.
12.07 pm: Mahalaxmi Express rescue: So far, NDRF rescued 117 people (female and children), ANI reports
12.01 pm: Of the seven departures, budget carrier IndiGo has cancelled five, while Air India and gulf carrier Emirates have cancelled one each, PTI reported
11.56 am: 11 flights cancelled today
"As many as 11 flights of various airlines are cancelled for today. These include seven departures and four arrivals. In addition to this, nine flights which were scheduled to arrive in Mumbai have been diverted to other nearby airports due to rains and other issues," the official said.
11.52 am: Due to overflow of Ulhas and Valdhuni rivers, people living near these rivers in Ambernath, Badlapur, Ulhasnagar and Kalyan were shifted to a safe place
11.48 am: Due to heavy rainfall compounded with overflowing of Ulhas river resulting in water logging at Ambernath, following trains are short terminated/cancelled/origin changed:
Trains diverted via Karjat-Panvel-Diva
11028 Chennai-Mumbai Mail arriving CSMT on 27.7.2019
11020 Bhubaneshwar-Mumbai Konark Express arriving CSMT on 27.7.2019
Trains Short terminated
22149 Ernakulam-Pune Express JCO 26.7.2019 short terminated at Panvel
11.43 am: Santa Cruz observatory recorded 219 mm of rains in last 24 hours
11.42 am: CMO monitoring the situation of stranded passengers in Mahalaxmi Express
11.36 am: Mahalaxmi Express update:
8 flood rescue teams from Navy including 3 diving teams mobilised with rescue material, inflatable boats & life jackets. Helicopter also sent with divers for deployment in the area as advance assessment party.
11.20 am: Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express is held up between Vangani and Badlapur,100 kilometres away from Mumbai. At least 700 people are stranded in Mahalaxmi Express. RPF and NDRF team have reached the spot and rescue operation is going on.
11.19 am: NDRF team and Navy chopper are conducting rescue operation.
11.13 am: Mahalaxmi Express rescue operation: According to CPRO, Central Railway, 700 passengers are on-board the train
11.01 am: In the last 24 hours, 1679 mm rainfall recorded in Thane district
10.59 am: Three boats for rescue have reached the spot where Mahalaxmi Express is held up between Badlapur and Wangani
10.47 am: A team of National Disaster Response Force arrives at the location where Mahalaxmi Express is held up between Badlapur and Wangani with at least 700 passengers on-board.
10.40 am: Eight NDRF boats with personnel only few hundred metres away from the site: Central Railway
10.37 am: Except Kalyan to Karjat/Khopoli, all other suburban corridors of central railway, Mumbai are functional, said Central Railways
10.32 am: IMD rainfall forecast for 24 hours
Heavy rainfall over Konkan region including Mumbai. Moderate rainfall up to 40 mm in Vidarbha and some parts of Marathwada, South Madhya Mah.
10.20 am: Mahalaxmi Express update:
Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Mumbai Police have reached the site where Mahalaxmi Express is stranded with 2000 passengers.
10.18 am: Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said rainfall intensity is "very likely" to increase over North Konkan during next 48 hours
10.09 am: Budget carrier SpiceJet asks all the passengers to keep a check on their flight status as flight services are affected due to heavy rains in Mumbai.
10.05 am: RPF personnel and NDRF team are trying to rescue stranded passengers of Mahalaxmi Express, said Central Railways.
10.03 am: Heavy to very heavy rainfall in the suburbs in last 24 hours, said IMD. Santacruz received 192 mm rainfall in last 24 hours where as Colaba witnessed 73 mm rainfall.
9.56 am: Mahalaxmi Express held up between Badlapur and Wangani with around 2000 passengers.
Our request to passengers of Mahalaxmi Express, please don't get down from the train. Train is a safe place. Staff, RPF and city police are on the train to look after your well being, says Central Railways
9.46 am: 11 flights have been cancelled (7 departures and 4 arrivals) from Mumbai Airport due to continuous rainfall.
9.43 am: Train services have been suspended from Kalyan to Karjat/Khopoli, says Central Railways
9.40 am: The flights are getting delayed by 30 minutes on average due to heavy rains today, said Public Relations Officer, Mumbai airport
9.35 am: 17 flights were diverted from the Mumbai airport on Friday. 17 flights were diverted to nearby airports and four flights had to do 'go-around' before they could land, a spokesperson of the Mumbai airport said
9.30 am: Incessant rainfall from Friday night causes water-logging in Chembur area.