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Mumbai rains: Wall collapse leaves 16 dead, trains suspended, flights diverted, schools closed as city reels under a torrential downpour

Several parts of Mumbai have received over 200mm rainfall in the last 24 hours leading up to Tuesday morning. The IMD has predicted continuous showers to persist till at least Wednesday.

As rains continue to create chaos in Mumbai, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has declared that all schools and colleges will remain shut for the day as a precautionary measure.

Reportedly, the civic authorities have also declared a public holiday in Mumbai on Tuesday after IMD forecasts heavy rain. The officials have also advised people in Mumbai to avoid stepping out of their homes on Tuesday due to heavy rains. Mumbai has reportedly received heaviest rainfall in the last decade, claimed Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday.

As many as 16 people died due to rain-related accidents in Mumbai and Thane as the city witnessed massive rainfall in the 48 hours. Twelve people were dead and thirteen were injured as a wall collapsed on hutments in Pimpripada area of Malad East on early Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, Mumbai airport authorities have either delayed or diverted air traffic as nearly 52 flights were diverted to other nearby airports as of Tuesday morning.

Reportedly, the rainwater has drained into Mithi river, which has now crossed dangerous levels. At least 1000 people have been evacuated from Kranti Nagar area of Kurla in Mumbai to safer places to avoid any untoward incident due to the overflow of Mithi river.

The Central Railways have suspended the suburban train operations for now as rains continue to create a safety hazard. “It’s nature’s fury. Moving trains in such rains in Kurla Thane section is a safety hazard at this point of time. Suburban Train movement has been suspended till further advice. Inconvenience is deeply regretted,” tweeted Central Railway.

Western Railway has informed that local trains are being run with a frequency of 30 mins between Vasai Road-Virar as the water level receded to some extent in certain parts of these areas.

Several parts of Mumbai have received over 200mm rainfall in the last 24 hours leading up to Tuesday morning. The IMD has predicted continuous showers to persist till at least Wednesday.

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