Over a decade ago, on July 26, 2005, Mumbai, the financial capital of India, was hit by flooding due to torrential rain that disrupted life in the city. Yesterday (August 29, 2017) came a grim reminder of the same, with record-breaking rain nearly bringing the city to a standstill.
A three-hour span saw nine times the average rain pour down upon Mumbai – it was the wettest August day in 20 years, with nearly 300 mm rain on Tuesday. In fact, the director of the Regional Meteorological Centre, Mumbai said that “we are observing developments every 15 minutes instead of routine observation interval of three hours.”
Many flights were diverted, delayed or cancelled, and train services were also severely affected with commuters stranded at railway stations due to waist-deep water on railway tracks. The rain was heavy enough to thwart the rescue operations of the police. The education minister has directed all schools and colleges in the city to remain closed today (August 30, 2017).