MUMBAI: The climate office has sounded a "red alarm" for overwhelming precipitation tomorrow in Mumbai, which detailed 200 mm of rain today, around nine times more than normal. Schools and universities will be shut on Wednesday. Operations at the Mumbai air terminal, suspended for some time on Tuesday evening in view of low perceivability, have continued. Be that as it may, flights are postponed, as are trains. There is abdomen high water at many spots and huge congested driving conditions everywhere throughout the city, however the Mumbai Police said the Bandra-Worli Sea Link has been re-opened for movement on the two sides in the wake of being shut for a few hours to clear activity growls. "Remain Safe," Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked Mumbai in a tweet.
The met office has said that while Mumbai is likely to see less intense rain tomorrow, with a storm moving away, they expect heavy rain for at least 24 hours more. Tuesday's rain was the heaviest since July 2005, when floods paralysed the city.
- Local trains, Mumbai's lifeline, are running late, with trains services disrupted at many places due to flooding on rail tacks at several stations. Many commuters were stranded at stations.
- Thousands waded today through waist-deep water. People abandoned cars to walk, with the police encouraging them to do so wherever the water was tyre-high.
- With high tide in the evening, the police also urged people to avoid beaches and promenades. Residents were advised to stay home if they could.
- The state government asked offices to allow employees to leave early today. There is no advisory yet on whether offices will be open tomorrow.
- In the evening, Mumbai Police advised people not to panic if still at work. "A little delay and planned travel may help you better," it said.
- There were reports of flooding at the city's King Edward Memorial hospital and heavy water-logging in areas like Dadar, Byculla, Matunga and Parel.
- Subways in many areas including Andheri and Malad were closed.
- Three teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are on alert. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the state Disaster Management Control room to monitor the situation.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minster Rajnath Singh tweeted that they have spoken to Mr Fadnavis and assured him of all help from the Centre.
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