Monsoon rains bring Mumbai to a standstill

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KATHMANDU AUGUST 30  Heavy monsoon rains have paralysed Mumbai disrupting land, air and road traffic.

Dozens of flights and local train services were cancelled on Tuesday as rains lashed the coastal city of Mumbai .  In three hours on Tuesday morning, Mumbai suburbs recorded 86mm of rains, just 2mm short of what was recorded over the previous 24 hours. Some areas received more than 100mm of rain since Sunday.

With roads clogged, schools closed early along with some offices and the evening rush hour saw people wading through knee-deep water on their way home or stuck in stranded vehicles for hours.

The meteorological department has warned that the Mumbai rains would continue for the next 24 hours, prompting schools to remain closed until Wednesday.

Citizens were asked by authorities to stay indoors, except for emergencies and fishermen, advised to exercise caution.

Source : Newspapers