Mumbai Rains – Maharashtra Government Declares Public Holiday

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The Government of Maharashtra declared the 2nd of July as a public holiday, after the overnight rainfall in Mumbai.

The Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) issued a show cause notice which states, “In wake of extremely heavy rainfall forecast by the IMD, the Government of Maharashtra has declared a public holiday on the 2nd of July as a precautionary measure for Mumbai city and its citizen (sic.)”

Ashish Shelar, the Education Minister of Maharashtra, also confirmed the public holiday and announced, all the schools and educational institutions will remain closed on the 2nd of July.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD,) the City will witness extremely heavy rains for 24 hours more. High tides of about 4.59 meters are expected in Mumbai around 11:52 A.M., on the 2nd of July.

The Mumbai Central Railway also suspended all the suburban trains, whereas more State run buses are expected to run on the roads to ensure those travelling between Pune and Mumbai are safe.

However, the Western Railways suburban services between the Churchgate and Vasai stations will function.

The CPRO of Central Railways said, “It is nature’s fury. Moving trains in Kurla-Thane section in such rains is a safety hazard at this point of time. Suburban train movement has been suspended till further advice. Inconvenience is deeply regretted.”

This year, Mumbai recorded the second highest rain for 24 hours with a deficit of 33 %, the first being recorded in 2005.

In the last 5 days, approximately 22 people lost their lives in wall collapse incidents in Mumbai. Thirteen people were killed in a wall collapse incident in Mumbai, 3 killed in Kalyan and 6 in Pune due to the heavy rain. East Society in Kula is flooded, due to which, 1,000 people were evacuated.

The fire brigade and Indian Navy teams were deployed to assist in carrying out rescue operations across Mumbai.

Stay tuned for further updates.


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