Normal life was disrupted on Wednesday as heavy rain continued in Mumbai and its suburbs, causing waterlogging and traffic congestion in several places. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rain in Mumbai and its suburbs through Friday, with the possibility of very heavy showers in isolated locations.
Train and bus services have been disrupted on some routes in the city due to flooding in the low-lying areas and on the railroad tracks, officials said.
Maharashtra has witnessed heavy rains since Monday and water levels in some rivers have risen rapidly. In Thane, a man was crushed to death when he fell off his motorcycle after hitting a pothole.
A landslide was reported near Pratapgad Fort in Satara district early this morning after heavy rains. There were no reports of injuries, officials said.
The weather bureau has issued “red” and “orange” alerts forecasting very heavy to extremely heavy rains for the next few days for Raigad, Ratnagiri and some other districts.
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Tuesday instructed state administration officials to take the necessary precautions and ensure there were no deaths or property damage.
The premier also visited the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BCM) disaster control room and said he had directed authorities to move people from landslide-prone locations to avoid loss of life.
He said several National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are stationed in various locations across the state and more personnel will be dispatched as needed.