Monsoon rains bring floods, disrupting transport, in India’s Mumbai

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Monsoon rains bring floods, disrupting transport, in India's Mumbai

MUMBAI: Heavy rains flooded roads and railways on Monday (Jul 8) in India’s financial capital of Mumbai, disrupting flights and forcing the closure of some schools and colleges, while overflowing rivers elsewhere affected more than 2 million people.

Just before the morning rush hour, more than 300mm of rain lashed the city of 12 million over the six hours until 7am local time, municipal officials said, with more heavy showers forecast later in the day.

Commuters waded through knee-deep water that partially submerged vehicles in many areas, as traffic piled up on the city’s Eastern and Western Express highways.

Water on the tracks forced railway authorities to cancel some long-distance trains, they said, while television images showed some suburban passenger trains, a critical means of daily transport for millions, halted on inundated lines.

More than 250 flights were delayed and at least 30 cancelled at the city’s airport, the website of tracking service Flightradar24 showed.

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