Mumbai: A high-alert was sounded in Mumbai after heavy rains lashed the western metropolis on Wednesday.
The suburban rail network, lifeline of the Maximum City, has been hit due to incessant rains with trains on the central and harbour lines running 10-15 late.
Also, road traffic has been hit in many parts of the city due to water logging.
Following a warning by the Met Dept, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has advised Mumbaikars against venturing outdoors unless absolutely essential. Schools have also been shut in some parts of the city.
IMD officials have asked people to ignore any SMS warning of heavy floods in Mumbai, saying these are being circulated by rumour-mongers.
All agencies concerned with disaster management, relief and rescue operations have been put in a state of high alert.
As per the IMD, high tide reached 4.9 meters is expected at 1.27 pm today afternoon.
IMD Mumbai director VK Rajeev said that entire Maharashtra is expected to get heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 12-72 hours.
"Heavy to very heavy rainfall will occur at many places in Konkan, central Maharashtra and Marathwada. Similarly, Mumbai will experience heavy to very heavy rains in the next 72 hours," Rajeev said.
Heavy rains implied 7-14 cm and very heavy rains meant 14-25 cm within a 24-hour rain cycle.
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