MUMBAI: Widespread water-logging was reported in several parts of Mumbai owing to heavy downpour since early morning. The rains have been significantly heavy and are expected to continue, said officials from the India meteorological Department (IMD).

State government employees were allowed to leave at 2.30pm on Thursday after the Indian Meteorological Department issued a warning of a deluge (ativrushti) in Mumbai city, suburbs, Alibaug, Dahanu and nearby areas. The warning was issued at 1pm. The IMD note further said that deluge like conditions are expected over the next 48 hours in north-Central Maharashtra and north Konkan.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis held a review on receiving the warning from the IMD. He was informed by the measures being taken by different agencies to ensure citizen’s safety. The state disaster control room said the entire central and harbour line has come to a standstill while western railway is slow moving (as good as stopped).

The city airport saw many flight disruptions since morning, airport officials said. Due to heavy winds and downpour since morning, six to seven flights had to do go-arounds while landing, and four to five flights were diverted to nearby airports, including an Indigo Guwahati-Mumbai flight to Ahmadabad, airport officials said

Some of the areas which have witnessed severe waterlogging include St. Pius church area in Mulund, Pratiksha Nagar on Sion, Sahar Police station premises, Khar Jaybharat society and Hindmata junction where water levels seem to be steadily rising.

At Sion’s Gandhi Market area, owing to the heavy rains, traffic has come to a standstill, said locals from the area. King circle citizen activist Nikhil Desai said that from Dr. B. A. Road, which is an arterial road, the rain water is seen entering Dadar Parsi colony. “The sewage gutters have also started overflowing in Dadar Parsi colony,” he said.

The IMD issued a warning of intermittent rain or showers with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places in the city and its suburbs.

The city witnessed heavy rains throughout yesterday night. The rain recorded by the IMD Colaba observatory in the past 24 hours (8.30 am-8.30am) is 151.8 mm while Santacruz observatory recorded 88.4 mm rains.
The department attributed the heavy showers to two weather systems currently active over the region.

“There is an upper air circulation over South Rajasthan and neighbourhood owing to which there is cloudiness over the west coast. There is also a low-pressure area over south east of Odisha and neighbourhood. Both these systems are acting together indicating that a lot of rainfall activity. Further enhancement in the rain activity is expected for the next 48-72 hours,” said K.S. Hosalikar, deputy director-general (western region), IMD.