Mumbai rains: Here's how Mumbaikars turned heroes to help stranded people

Floods kill over 1200 in India, Nepal and Bangladesh

The torrential rain plunged the city into chaos as water swamped homes, and submerged roads and railway tracks, leaving thousands of people stranded at various places. It was second only to 346.2 mm of rainfall registered on August 23, 1997, the data showed.

"We tried to go home but there was no trains nor cabs and the rain got heavier", said Priya Raju who is handling the PrintWeek India Awards project.

India's commercial capital, Mumbai, slowly limped back to normalcy on Wednesday evening - a day after it faced 325-mm rainfall in just a span of 12 hours. The civic body should be complimented for this.

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The Western Naval Command has made arrangements to provide shelter to Mumbaikars who were left stranded after heavy rains lashed the metropolis yesterday. Similar wet conditions shall prevail in the Konkan districts of Palghar, Thane, Mumbai, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg over the next 48-72 hours. "All flights in Mumbai delayed today until morning due to rains".

Dozens of commuters waded through waist-deep water on Tuesday evening.

The deluge revived memories of 2005 floods that killed more than 500 people, the majority of them in shantytown slums where more than half of the city's 20 million people live. Private carrier Jet Airways cancelled 19 flights out of the city, including some of its global services.

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Many people were stranded for much of the night until the rail network reopened early Wednesday.

In view of the heavy rains in Maharashtra, Northern Railways on Wednesday cancelled 16 trains to and from the state. However, few trains were cancelled.

The commissioner lauded the coordination among the various agencies and the people of Mumbai in order to effectively tackle the flood situation. Three NDRF teams, already pre-positioned in Mumbai, were immediately supplemented by sending more teams, a home ministry statement said.

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