So yet another year in Mumbai full of rain-floods and problems, uncomfort and fear.
Incessant rain has flooded most of the low-lying areas of India’s commercial capital. Train services have been paralysed, with many stranded at stations. Flights have been canceled due to poor visibility problems. Thousands waded through water to reach home and children are sent to home early from school.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he has spoken to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and assured all the support from the government. “Urge the people of Mumbai and surrounding areas to stay safe and take all essential precautions in the wake of the heavy rain,” he added. The Rashtrapati Bhavan had also tweeted for the safety of the Mumbai people.
After a continuous downpour, most of Mumbai has submerged by afternoon. People are advised to avoid beaches and promenades, at least at times there are High-tides and massive rain. Looking at the present situation, Government is taking all the precautions to safeguard the lives of the common people.
“It isn’t a panic situation but only step outside your house is absolutely necessary,” said Aditya Thackeray, Shiv Sena’s Chairperson, the party that controls the city’s civic body BMC.
Weather forecasting has cautioned people against scheduling meetings or flights at least till tomorrow. “Heavy to very heavy rain” has been predicted for at least the next 24 hours in Mumbai and its suburbs.
Floods in 2005 killed more than 500 people in the city. The majority of deaths occurred in shanty town slums, which are home to more than half of Mumbai’s population. Mumbai doesn’t want to see that day again. And the Government knows it very well. The Government is trying its best to aware people and safeguards them.
It’s an urge to the people to not to panic, be aware of the conditions, take all the safety precautions and have faith in Ganpati Bappa.