23:28 GMT30 September 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s financial capital and the island city Mumbai is inundated following the season’s most intense showers, recording 229.6 mm of rain in nine hours between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The city witnessed high intensity rain and thunder accompanied by high speed winds reaching 70-100 kmph.

    Strong gusty winds, heavy rainfall, and inundation in 24 hours have brought life in Mumbai to a standstill. The Indian city is facing heavy damage including the uprooting of trees, damage to buildings, and infrastructure due to the incessant rain. The National Disaster Response Force is carrying out rescue operations in different parts of the city.

    Two people have died and two are missing after falling into a drain in the Santacruz area following the flooding in the area. The Indian Meteorological Department has forecast moderate to heavy rainfall for the next 3-4 hours accompanied by strong winds reaching 60-70 kmph. The wind speed is equivalent to the post landfall effect of Cyclonic Storm Nisarga (90-100 kmph) recorded on 3 June.

    ​Taking note of the devastation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked to Maharashtra Chief Uddhav Thackeray and assured him of his support.

    ​The island city has received the season’s most intense showers at 229.6 mm of rain in nine hours. The Colaba Observatory, set up in 1841, recorded 293.8 mm of rain ending on Wednesday, the highest in 46 years. State Chief Uddhav Thackeray has reviewed the situation in Mumbai and adjoining areas, and has requested everyone to remain indoors.

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