Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Mumbai flooded

Mumbai witnessed a very heavy rainfall today. In fact, it is still raining. Communication networks are down / faulty, lots of traffic on roads, trains halted, no food in resturants ! Some of my colleagues saw a boat overturn near Nariman Point.

This is typical Mumbai breakdown day during monsoons. Trains going to Ambernath, Dombivli and Badlapur have been cancelled and all the trains departing from Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus are running upto Thane only.

The water level on railway tracks between Ambernath and Badlapur is over eight inches, while the water level on railway tracks between Thane, Dombivli & Kalyan is between four to eight inches.


Dombivli Station Platform 5

The rise in water level in the tracks was due to heavy rains as well as releasing of water from Barave dam @ Badlapur. There is little chance that we will be able to go home today. I spoke to a couple of friends and they too, are staying back in some hotels. I have not been able to contact my family yet. It seems that my residence phones are down too. We too thought that it was safe to stay back in the office rather than venture out in the maddening rain.

We have been hearing stories of people helping out fellow citizens who have been stranded on their way home. I saw a Maharashtrian house-wife on a news channel, describing the situation as "Wo paaus itna tha na, sab vahaan-bihaan band hai".


Mumbai CST

But I am sure that Mumbai will get back to business tomorrow as if nothing happened today !

That's the spirit of Mumbai.

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