Monsoon rains batter Mumbai, throw normal life out of gear

Residents were seen wading through thigh-high water on Wednesday (August 05) to reach their destinations. Floodwaters reached residential houses, breached roads and disrupted public transport.

Rains in Mumbai have crippled normal life with the financial hub struggling with the monsoon rains as widespread construction and rubbish-clogged drains and waterways make it increasingly vulnerable to flooding.

Residents who stepped out to carry out daily activities said they feared falling in holes while commuting on flooded roads.

Annual rainfall is essential in India as rains support two-third of the 1.3 billion population living in rural areas who rely on farming. But excessive rainfalls cause problems like floods, landslide, and water borne diseases.