In the wake of incessant rainfall in Mumbai, the city has yet again come to a standstill.
The Maharashtra government on Tuesday said that only emergency services will remain functional in Mumbai due to the heavy downpour that has affected the road traffic and railways in the city, causing hurdles in commute.
A public holiday has been declared by the state government on July 2. Authorities have also advised people to avoid stepping out of their homes as the Indian Meteorological Department has forecast heavy rains.
The heavy rainfall has submerged the roads and rail tracks. Based on further inputs from other agencies, we have taken the decision to keep emergency services operational. We have appealed to the people not to venture out in this situation, Brijesh Singh, the official spokesperson of the state government, said.
Due to rains, 16 people have lost their lives after a wall collapsed in Malad's East. The incident happened around 2 am when the compound wall in Pimpripada of Malad East area collapsed and people living in shanties adjacent to wall got trapped under the debris.
Several parts of Mumbai received around 100 mm rainfall since Monday morning, affecting trains and the road traffic. Skymet has predicted a very heavy rain forecast between July 3 to July 5.
(With PTI inputs)