In the early hours, thousands of commuters leaving for offices were caught unaware on reaching the suburban railway stations as trains were being cancelled due to waterlogging on tracks following heavy downpour since last night.

Also, all schools in the city were closed after direction by the Municipal Commissioner.

The rains resulted in waterlogging in almost all low-lying areas of Mumbai and its suburbs. According to information given by the control room of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), waterlogging is reported in areas like Kurla, Chembur, Tilak Nagar, Andheri, Parel, Lower Parel, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Dombivili.
As services on all three railway lines--Central, Western and Harbour--were cancelled, harried commuters rushed to catch buses, taxis or any other mode of transport available to reach their destinations, which resulted in massive traffic jams at many places, exacerbated by inundation in low-lying areas.

With Central Railway cancelling its services on CST-Thane section on the main line and Harbour line as well, commuters got stuck at suburban platforms. The Western Railway services which were initially running late by 10 to 15 minutes, were later cancelled.
"Thane-Karjat/Kasara and Vasvhi-Panvel Shuttle services and trans-harbour services are running," said Central Railway PRO A K Singh.
"Our supervising staff are alert and as soon water level recedes, services would be resumed," he said.
An IMD forecast at 8 am today said, "Intermittent rains/shower would occur in the city and suburbs. Heavy to very heavy rains would occur in some areas."

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