Mumbai faces more rain after record downpour

People walk through a waterlogged street following heavy rain in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017.(AP photo)

MUMBAI — India’s weather office forecast “heavy to very heavy” rainfall for parts of Mumbai a day after the nation’s commercial capital suffered the heaviest downpour since 2005.

The city’s Santacruz weather center recorded 33.1 centimetres of rain in 24 hours that ended at 8.30am local time on Wednesday, the most since 94.4cm of precipitation recorded 12 years ago.

Residents in the city walked home, hitched rides on trucks or spent the night in their offices as the deluge evoked memories of the flooding in 2005 caused by a cloudburst that dumped nearly a metre of rain in a single day, killing 570 people, grounding flights and cutting off rail and road links. 

Authorities asked residents to stay at home on Wednesday even as suburban train services, which carry an average 8 million passengers daily, resumed services. Jet Airways India canceled 12 flights from Mumbai citing weather conditions, but Mumbai airport said it was was functioning normally.

“Trading volume will remain weak as most market participants couldn’t turn up at their offices,” said Nilesh Dedhia, director at NTD Trading. “Most offices remain thinly attended as employees stay far from their offices.”

Trading on the National Stock Exchange’s NSE 50 Nifty Index was  27% below the 30-day average as of 11.13am.

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