After nearly a month-long dry spell, heavy rains lashed Mumbai, severely affecting traffic and leading to delays in suburban train services.
Photos tweeted by commuters showed submerged trucks, parked cars precariously balanced on collapsed stretches of roads and people wading through murky, knee-deep water.
A fire reportedly began at a shoe store on Linking Road in Bandra caused by a short circuit, according to reports.
Fire safety officials told NDTV that the flames spread quickly because of leather and plastic items in the shop. Nobody is reportedly trapped in the building, say officials.
— Nikunj Panchal (@nikunjhpanchal) July 21, 2015
Video of submerged truck, stranded commuters at Bhiwandi on Mumbai’s outskirts. #MumbaiRainsJuly 21, 2015
Following the incessant showers since last night, the western and central lines were hit today due to the water-logging.
According to BMC's disaster management control room, there was traffic jam on Western Express Highway and few BEST buses were diverted on some routes, including at Chembur and Matunga.
Some express trains of Western Railway were cancelled due to water-logging while local train services of Central Railway were suspended for a short while 10 between Kurla and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) after tracks got submerged between Sion and Kurla.
Mumbai commuters are having a tough day:
In the Palghar district adjoining neighbouring Thane, schools were shut today due to heavy rains since last evening, officials said.
In the last 24 hours, Colaba in south Mumbai received 15.8 mm rainfall while Santacruz weather station recorded 61 mm downpour. "We are having good to very good clouding at the offshores and expect good rainfall in next 48 hours," IMD Mumbai centre's director V K Rajiv said.
A 'point failure' reported at Bandra station resulted in cancellation of some local train services on the Western line and halting of services on two tracks. "Efforts are on to restore the services," senior PRO Western Railway Gajanan Mahatpurkar said.
"There have been reports of water-logging on tracks near Kurla, Sion, Thane that have slowed down the speed of suburban trains," another official said.
In another part of the city, a parking lot collapsed:
The wall collapsed causing cars to tumble down. Opposite Out Of The Blue in Bandra, Mumbai pic.twitter.com/51V53kuy5p— angad chowdhry (@angadc) July 21, 2015
(With inputs from PTI)