HEAVY rains in Mumbai and adjoining areas on Tuesday flooded its roads and crippled its rail lines, but the famed “we’ll get through this just fine” spirit of the metropolis, as always, remained afloat. From posting messages on social media platforms offering help to actually stopping their vehicles mid-road to give lifts to the stranded, the Mumbaikar on Tuesday was his usual warm self even as everything around was all gloomy and wet. “A little late but still. If anyone is stuck at Veera Desai road or Amboli (Andheri West) please feel free to stay at my place till the rain subsides. DM me and I shall get message the address.
*People please retweet?* #MumbaiRainlive #Mumbai Rains #MumbaiRainsLive#,” tweeted Bibhash Chatterjee. Another citizen Bihan Sengupta, who works as a sports scribe, too offered help. “Alert: People stuck near Sasmira Road, Worli, please feel free to come over. DM for details. Can provide tea/coffee and snacks. Can’t offer anything else cause my maid is a horrible cook. #MumbaiRains #MumbaiRainsLive #MumbaiRain #Mumbai #MumbaiSaga #mumbailocal #MumbaiTraffic,” tweeted Sengupta. People offered lifts while some pooled cabs.
“I was going to work to Mantralaya (State Secretariat) on my motorcycle. On the way I gave a lift to a person in need,” said Neelesh Joshi, who stays in Parel in central Mumbai and was headed to south Mumbai. Government agencies too pitched in to ensure not all, especially hope, was swept away in the downpour.
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) offered breakfast to stranded commuters at Thane station. While the authorities declared a holiday in the city and adjoining regions, asking people to avoid stepping out of their houses, for some, taking to the street to earn the day’s bread was essential. NCP's Malik tweets images of flooded home: NCP leader Nawab Malik on Tuesday took a jibe at the Shiv Sena-headed Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) after his residence in Kurla got water- logged following heavy rains. He hit out at State Government over the ongoing metro works in Mumbai, alleging it also contributed to the flooding in the city. Malik shared images on social media of his partly submerged residence, located along LBS Marg in the eastern suburb of Kurla.
Barring 2005 deluge, Mumbai rainfall highest since 1974
THE rainfall in the 24-hour period before 8.30 am on Tuesday was the highest since the July 26, 2005 deluge in Mumbai, officials said. The rainfall during the 24-hour period was 375.2 mm, the official said, quoting data from the Santacruz-based Mumbai Regional Centre of the IMD. Barring the 2005 flooding of Mumbai, the highest rainfall in a single day in the metropolis was on July 5, 1974. The rainfall recorded by the Santacruz observatory on that day was also 375.2 mm. Rain fury has claimed 27 lives in Maharashtra, including 18 in a wall collapse in Mumbai. The State authorities have declared a holiday on Tuesday, asking people to avoid stepping out of their houses.