Mumbai Rains: Several Areas Flooded, Hundreds stranded

Hundreds of passengers were stuck in India’s financial capital, Mumbai, and nearby towns on Monday after two days of heavy rain flooded rivers and undermined railway tracks, forcing authorities to cancel or divert dozens of long-distance trains.

Rivers in the western state of Maharashtra were flooded after authorities released water from dams made full after many parts on the west coast received more than 200 mm (8 inches) of rain.

Trains were cancelled due to the heavy downpours and because a boulder fell on one line, railway authorities said.

Schools and colleges in Mumbai and neighbouring districts were also closed on Monday following a warning by the weather office of heavy rainfall, the Maharashtra chief minister’s office tweeted.

Financial markets were open in Mumbai, which is often touted as a potential rival to China’s financial powerhouse Shanghai but, like many Indian cities, is hampered by poor infrastructure.

Hundreds of houses and a few Hindu temples on the banks of the Godavari river were flooded in the neighbouring town of Nashik after floodwater was released from a dam.

Among the worst-affected areas was a Dombivali township, wherein residents were forced to shift to higher grounds.

Palava City in Dombivali consists of multiple buildings which are built on the flood plains over the river Mothali. One of the residents at Palava Casa Bella, Rubul Chakraborty told Moneycontrol that the situation in his complex was comparatively better than Palava Casa Rio.

“The area started water-logging at around 10.30 am on Sunday, but it was not as severe as Casa Rio, said Chakraborty. The situation was so bad that vehicles parked on the ground floor submerged completely underwater. While the residents waited for some help, some locals started making arrangements immediately.