Saturday, 30 June, 2007

Useful pages at Karmayog

A message from Vinay at Karmayogtells us that:

You can fill in details of rain-affected areas at the online SATYA form, which will help the authorities to take specific action. You can also upload pictures.

Your message will also be displayed on the Satya page at Karmayog.

You can also give direct feedback to the relevant person at Karmayog's BMC contact details page.

There are also monsoon tips and contacts available.

More on the flooding in the suburbs

I travelled from Lokhandwala Complex (Andheri) to Prabhadevi and back, and here's the eyewitness report :)

Things are fine from the Century Bazaar signal to Turner Road junction. No flooding whatsoever on both Cadell Road and LJ road.

Intermittent flooding from Turner Road Jn. onward.

Major problem spots (approx. knee-deep or higher):
* Turner Rd. Jn. to Khar Stn. on S. V. Road
* Santacruz bus depot (nr. Milan subway) to Nanavati Hospital
* Vileparle Jn. (near Mithibai College) to Juhu Gully

Minor flooding (Approx calf deep):
* parts of Juhu 10th Road
* Santacruz Police Station (Airplane garden on Linking Road) to Arya Samaj
* Some bylanes in Santacruz between S V Road and Linking Road (North Avenue, West Avenue)
* Indian Oil Nagar Jn. (Andheri West)
* Lokhandwala Circle
* All roads leading to the fomer JVPD circle (Nr. JVPD bus depot). The junction itself was strangely above water.

This is all info as of about 3 hrs. ago. Things are looking better now, and the water's receding.

Helpline Numbers

Got these helpline numbers off CNN-IBN .

* Power Supply Reliance: 30303030.

* MSEB: 25686666.

* Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Control room: 22694727.

* For emergency complaints like building or wall collapses, call 1916.

For fallen trees, short circuits or fire, call 101 or 23085991.

* For drainage related complaints, call 1916.

* Drainage control rooms: 23678109 (city), 26146852 (western suburbs) or 25153258 (eastern suburbs) Central Railway Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus: 22697330 Dadar: 24143841 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Kurla: 26502475, 25298499 Kalyan: 95251-2311499 Western Railway Call 131 or 22005388 Mumbai Pune Expressway Call 09822498224 Airlines Air India: 28318888 Indian Airlines: 1407 Jet Airways: 56986111 Air Sahara: 30302020 Insurance claims Bajaj Allianz: 5.

TV is now back, flights are taking off. Still, people are being warned by BMC officials to stay indoors.

Mumbai Underwater Again

Amit Varma reports at out sister blog Cloudburst Mumbai:

The rain is back. NDTV reports:

Heavy rainfall in Mumbai has flooded the busy Andheri, Worli, Sion, Kurla, Wadala, Chembur and Borivili areas.

The airport in Mumbai has called off all flight operations, reports on Saturday said.

The showers also crippled transport systems on the ground forcing diversions to avoid flooded roads and disrupted rail services.

The weather office has forecast more rainfall throughout Saturday.

There's more from Rediff and CNN-IBN. Peter Griffin SMSs to inform me that Vashi is waist-deep in water in some places, and there's no electricity, and therefore no access to the internet or television reports. Heavy rain is expected to continue today, and staying indoors is advisable.

Television is off where I live in Bandra, but we have electricity and internet. Cell phones are working fine. But the city has come to a complete standstill. All flights into Mumbai are cancelled and flights out from Mumbai are running very late. My cousin is en route to Delhi and her flight took off at 2.30 pm, after a delay of 5 hours.

Monday, 11 June, 2007

High tide days

Days to watch out for this monsoon, with expected level of high tide in metres. The danger level, says the Disaster Management Cell, is 4.60m.

June 15, 12:40 - 4.71m
June 16, 13:38 - 4.71m
June 17, 14:14 - 4.65m

August 2, 14:32 - 4.65
August 30, 13:20 - 4.71m
August 31, 13:56 - 4.66m

September 28, 00.50 - 4.65m
September 29, 01:34 - 4.75
September 30, 02:19 - 4.70m

If there is more than an hour of heavy rain at these times, you can pretty much guarantee floods, since the storm water drains will have the tide rushing in, preventing drainage.