India - Mumbai flooding

31 Aug 2017

As of the morning of August 30, water has been gradually receding in parts of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region after severe flooding caused major transport and business disruptions. Weather-related incidents left at least six people dead on August 29. Heavy rain falls are possible in specific areas through August 31. Flooding has been most severe in low-lying areas in Andheri, Bandra, Dadar, Juhu, Khar, Matunga, Powai, Sakinaka, and Sion. 

Flight operations at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) returned to normal early August 30 after low visibility resulted in flight diversions and cancellations. Lingering disruptions are likely to continue as airlines reschedule previously cancelled flights and accommodate stranded passengers. Suburban services on the Western Railway have resumed, although many trains have been delayed; Central Railway services have partially resumed. Authorities may extend operating hours for train services as efforts are made to transport hundreds of stranded people. Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) is operating additional buses. Traffic on major highways including the Eastern and Western Express highways is normalizing, but toll collection at the Bandra-Worli Sea Link and at city entry points has been suspended until the situation improves. Localized traffic disruptions are expected to continue while municipal workers clear fallen trees and other debris left by the flooding. 

All educational institutions will remain closed on August 30, and nonessential government services will be unavailable until August 31. Utility disruptions will probably continue for the duration of the flood event. Power, municipal water, and telecommunications outages are possible.

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