July 28, 2005


Dhaka experienced heavy rains (156mm within 24 hours) early this month. The excess downpours inundated nearly a quarter of the cosmopolitan disrupting lives of its 10 million citizens. Streets and roads remained waterlogged, schools were shut down and shopping malls remained closed.

But nothing is close to what Mumbai has experienced in last couple of days. The incessant rains recorded at 896 mm in 24 hours were more than anybody could imagine. The streets looked like rivers, people stuck at workplaces overnight, powers are cut in many places, phonelines are not working, interconnectivity with outside is on halt as flights and trains are suspended. The state government has declared a public holiday for two days.

Indian bloggers have updates on the situation here and here.

Update: Cloudburst Mumbai is a group blog providing links & news of the floods.


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