Mumbai rains: Here's how Mumbaikars turned heroes to help stranded people

As Storm Harvey dominates headlines, floods are devastating South Asia

South Asia monsoon flooding kills 1200, displaces millions

After seeing such awful conditions in Mumbai, the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi tweeted and said that he has spoken to the Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis and assured all possible support whenever necessary.

Last 24 hours have been quite tough for the Mumbaikars, as the financial capital of India was struck with heavy rainfall, the highest to be recorded since 2005.

Meanwhile, speaking on the mitigation measures taken post the Mumbai floods, Sanjay Kumar, Directorate General, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said that 10 of their teams are on standby in the city and ready to be deployed, if need arises. The city saw 300 mm of rain on Tuesday which brought life to a halt, paralysing transport services.

Some low-lying areas remained under water, causing vehicle pile-ups, after the city received almost a month's equivalent of rainfall in a single day.

The situation looks tenuous for now with met department predicting heavy to very heavy rains in a wide region around Mumbai extending till Vidarbha in next 48 hours. The downpour also caused flooding in low-lying areas.

Police personnel have fanned out on streets and lending a helping hand to the Mumbaikars who are in distress, an official said.

Operations at Mumbai airport has been suspended for some time due to low visibility while the Bandra-Worli sealink has also been shut down due to flooded roads at the Worli end of the sealink. Mumbai being a seaport city experiences heavy rains and high tides. The Eastern and Western Express Highways were congested; motorists much longer than usual to commute from Kandivli to Andheri.

Lakhs of commuters including students were stranded in trains, railway stations or at bus stops. If you are stuck in traffic call on 100 number so that Mumbai police will assist you.

After the rains came the power outage and most parts of the city, especially the suburbs, was plunged into darkness.

But Mumbai already has had about 2,000 mm of rainfall this monsoon season (since June) which is more than normal.

Like clockwork, Mumbai, the maximum city has once again managed to get into a fight with the rain gods, and like always, they seem to have an upper hand.

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