Incessant rain in Mumbai over the last two days has brought back memories of the record-breaking July 26, 2005, downpour that had paralysed the city. Tuesday’s rain was not, however, triggered by any unusual event, nor was the amount of rainfall anywhere near the July 2005 mark. The Santacruz observatory recorded 315.8 mm of rainfall between 8:30 am and 8:30 pm Tuesday, which was a third of the 944 mm that some parts of the city had received on that 2005 day. Colaba and Thane stations recorded less rainfall than Santacruz.

Streets in Mumbai have turned into rivers and people waded through waist-deep waters. On Tuesday, the city received about 12.7cm (5ins) of rain, paralysing public transport and leaving thousands of commuters stranded in their offices overnight. Poor visibility and flooding also forced airport authorities to divert some flights while most were delayed by up to an hour. Here’s a tweet from Wassup Mumbai…


The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued a helpline number for those stuck and need help.

Helpline number : 1916.

WhatsApp for traffic updates: 8454999999
Central Railway control room: 022-22620173
Western Railway control room: 022-23094064

Some other Important Numbers:

Police Control Room Helpline: 22620111, 22151855

Police Hotline: 100

Railway Emergency: 23004000

Senior citizens’ helpline: 613811111

Traffic Control Room Helpline: 24937747, 24937755

Traffic Helpline: 25181717

Western Railway control room: 2223094064

Whatsapp for traffic updates: 8454999999

Women’s helplines: 22828862, 26140403

Central Railway control room: 2222620173

Children’s helpline: 1098

Fire emergency number: 101

Fire emergency number (Mumbai): 3085991

Fire emergency number (Thane): 5331600

Fire emergency number (Vashi): 7660101

For accidents on Mumbai-Pune Expressway: 9822498224

Ambulance Andheri (W): 6255264/3599, 6243675, 6255264/3599, 6243675

Ambulance Borivli: 9819116599, 9820552493

Ambulance Dadar: 4229531, 4229556, 4229531, 4229556

Ambulance services: 1298

Ambulance Thane: 5331552

BMC Disaster Management Cell: 22694725

BMC Helpline: 1916


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