People ride on a truck on a flooded road after a heavy rainfall in Mumbai. Francis Mascarenhas / Reuters
Three people were killed and dozens of flights were cancelled or delayed after severe flooding in India’s financial hub Mumbai, with authorities warning of more heavy monsoon rains on Thursday.
Mumbai — home to 20 million people — has been hit by torrential downpours over the past two months amid the annual monsoon deluge.
Non-stop rain over several hours on Wednesday paralysed traffic, halted trains and delayed airport operations at the western city.
“Two BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) staffers died after falling in rainwater on Wednesday. Another man drowned in an overflowing Mithi river,” the city’s disaster management cell spokesman Tanaji Kamble told AFP.
Residents spoke of being trapped in traffic for several hours amid chaotic scenes.
“It was a nightmare and the entire city came to a standstill,” chartered accountant Kevin Gogri told AFP.
Maharashtra state government minister Ashish Shelar said schools would be closed on Thursday “as a precautionary measure.”
The city’s residents were bracing for more chaos on Thursday with the India Meteorological Department issuing an alert for the “possibility of very heavy rainfall.”
New Orleans was hit with widespread flooding on Wednesday from heavy rain spawned from a weather system that forecasters warned could grow into a hurricane capable of causing severe
The heavy rainfall began on Monday and continued on Tuesday and sewage flooded most of the streets in Karachi, the capital of southern Sindh province.
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