Rain brings Mumbai down on its knees: a photo story

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A shopkeeper mops off the flooded water from his shop at Hindamata, Dadar on 13 June, 2015. Photo: Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times/Getty Images)

Rain brings Mumbai down on its knees: a photo story

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People walk knee-deep in water during heavy rain at Parel on 13 June. Photo: Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times/Getty Images

Rain brings Mumbai down on its knees: a photo story

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A busy road from Hindamata to Parel made worse by unending rain, 13 June. Photo: Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times/Getty Images

Rain brings Mumbai down on its knees: a photo story

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Photo: Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times/Getty Images

Rain brings Mumbai down on its knees: a photo story

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People enjoy high tide at the Worli Seaface on 15 June, 2015. Photo: Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times/Getty Images

Rain brings Mumbai down on its knees: a photo story

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Photo: Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times/Getty Images

Rain brings Mumbai down on its knees: a photo story

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Photo: Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times/Getty Images

Rain brings Mumbai down on its knees: a photo story

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Photo: Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times/Getty Images

Rain brings Mumbai down on its knees: a photo story

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A woman protects her child during monsoon rain at Wadala on 7 June, 2015 in Mumbai. Photo: Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times/Getty Images

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Rain brings Mumbai down on its knees: a photo story

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Mumbai and rains: the relationship of necessity and torment isn't new. But each year it takes a devastating toll on the metropolis. Almost 170 mm of rainfall has fallen in the last 24 hours, and there's no sign of it letting up; the Met department has warned of heavy rainfall and strong winds continuing over the weekend.

The city is in distress: roads have turned into giant waterways; train services on the Central, Harbour and Western lines have been suspended; thousands are stranded as miles long traffic jams were reported on the Eastern Express highway. Traffic is also at a standstill in areas like Khar, Kurla, Chembur, Andheri, Parel, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Dombivili.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has advised people to stay in and travel only in case of emergencies. It has also closed all municipality-run schools. Mumbai University has called off all examinations scheduled for the day. Bombay High Court is shut. Mobile and internet connectivity is disrupted; in many areas television services are on the blink; for Mumbaiites, the annual Armageddon has arrived and as happens each year - preparedness is a myth that dissolves when the first rain falls.

Text by Priyata Brajabasi.

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