Mumbai rains: Schools, colleges to be closed on Monday; BMC says 'stay indoors'
3 min read.Updated: 05 Aug 2019, 01:13 AM ISTStaff Writer
( with inputs from Agencies )
Heavy rains and release of water from Gangapur dam into Godavari river caused a flood-like situation in some areas of Maharashtra's Nashik
At least 400 people from a residential area near the Mithi river were shifted after its water level crossed the danger mark following heavy rains in the city
Mumbai: As rains pounded Mumbai and its adjoining districts, the stage administration was in full swing to avoid any untoward incidents. At least 58 people stranded at a village in Maharashtra's Thane district were rescued by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Sunday, an official said.
"Around 58 villagers, including 16 children, were rescued and shifted to a safer place," he said.
Also, at least 400 people from a residential area near the Mithi river in Mumbai were shifted on Sunday after its water level crossed the danger mark following heavy rains in the city, an official said.
The city and its neighbouring areas have been witnessing incessant rains since the last two days, causing flooding in many areas.
As the water level of the Mithi river here crossed the danger mark on Sunday, around 400 residents of Kranti Nagar area located near it were shifted to a civic-run school, an official from the disaster management cell said.
The Maharashtra government on Sunday also sought six more teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to tackle the situation arising out of heavy rains in Mumbai and its adjoining districts.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday issued an alert in Mumbai and predicted heavy rains and gusty winds in the city today. The weather department in its advisory also urged Mumbai residents to stay indoors and not venture into the sea or water-logged areas in the wake of high tide in the prediction.
Overnight heavy rainfall inundated several areas in the city. Streets were waterlogged in the city from Sion. Kalyan railway station waterlogged following incessant rain which affected the daily commuters in the capital.
"All Government and Semi-Government employees in MMR Region are allowed to report late on their duties. The government also appeals people to stay safe at home if it is not necessary to go out. All emergency services to function as usual," CMO Maharashtra said in a tweet.
Here are the live updates on the incessant rains pounding the maximum city.
23:00: In the wake of heavy rain prediction, all private and public schools and colleges will remain closed on Monday in Mumbai
"All private and public schools and colleges will remain shut tomorrow. Some government offices providing emergency and essential services will remain open. Private office staff may move out only if essential," Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) tweeted.
Schools and colleges in Palghar, Thane, Raigad, Mumbai city & Mumbai suburbs will to stay closed tomorrow as there is a hint of heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours in
"Due to the IMD warning for tomorrow, holiday declared for schools & colleges in Mumbai & MMR, Palghar, Thane, Raigad districts," CMO Maharashtra tweeted.
22:00: Heavy rains and release of water from Gangapur dam into the Godavari river caused a flood-like situation in some areas of Maharashtra's Nashik district on Sunday.
Collector Suraj Mandhare declared a holiday for schools and colleges in the district on Monday, officials said.
More than 20,000 cusecs (cubic foot per second) of water was released from the Gangapur dam on Sunday morning, which led to the Godavari river flowing above the danger mark, an official at the district collectorate said.
19:45: At least five persons were killed in Mumbai and Satara as rains continued to batter large parts of Maharashtra, especially the coastal Konkan region, on Sunday, hitting train services hit badly.
18:25: Due to heavy rains and the consequent waterlogging in Mumbai and adjoining districts, multiple trains have either been cancelled or diverted or terminated.
18:05 pm: In view of continuous rainfall, all schools to remain closed in Nashik on 5 August. Also, all schools and colleges in Pune district have been told to remain closed on 5 August as a preventative measure in order to combat flood-like situations.