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The commissioner lauded the coordination among the various agencies and the people of Mumbai in order to effectively tackle the flood situation.

Schools and colleges will remain shut today as well.

Mumbai: Large swathes of Mumbai are submerged in waist-deep water with the weather bureau saying it is possibly the heaviest and longest bout of rain since July 26, 2005. Some parts of the city received as much as 300mm of rainfall on Tuesday (29 August) alone - 30 times more than the average.

Mumbai: Even as the heavy rains receded on Wednesday, consumers stayed away, causing business to drop by over 50% in Masjid Bunder, India's largest wholesale market, in the heart of Mumbai. Helpline numbers have been circulated.

Mumbai rains Latest Updates: Rescue operations are going on in flooded areas of Mumbai. When it's Mumbai and rains, local train services are the first ones to get hampered. "Cancelling my flight to Delhi for an Indo Australian meeting.Telling my Aussie friends I'm "Down Under" water in Mumbai". Normal life thrown completely out of gear in and around the country's financial capital. The IFRC said landslides in Nepal had killed more than 100 people. BMC gave the figure of 253 mm.

Several areas in the city including Khar, Linking Road and SV Road in Bandra, Parel, Kalina, Hindmata (Dadar) and Sion were still water-logged.

The suburban trains, which are the lifeline of Mumbai, resumed their services in the morning but they had to be suspended again because of flooding on the tracks.

Traffic is plying normally in some areas.

Poor visibility and flooding also forced airport authorities to divert some flights while most were delayed by up to an hour.

While no untoward incidents have been reported in the city, the state government has moved two additional teams of the NDRF from Pune to Mumbai besides three teams stationed in Mumbai. Patients were shifted on higher floors as water flooded into wards. At least four people have been injured after an iron frame for posters fell near VP road area.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis was present at the control room set up by civic body to monitor the situation.

Many businesses asked employees to leave early in expectation of worsening traffic jams.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged residents to take all the necessary precautions in the wake of the chaos.

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