Transport turmoil after flooding in Mumbai

Officials in Mumbai are asking people to stay at home after the Indian city was hit by heavy monsoon rains.

In excess of 16 million people’s lives have been affected across large parts of South Asia by seasonal floods, with Mumbai being one of the most heavily impacted locations.

Waist-deep flooding has hit a significant number of the roads in Mumbai; as the transport network in India’s largest city was thrown into chaos.

All trains and flights were cancelled due to the disruption, and schools were closed throughout the city.

One hospital had to evacuate patients and staff from its paediatric ward after being heavily flooded.

TV journalist Suranjana Tewari said Mumbai’s construction in coastal areas, archaic drainage system and clogging of its waterways by plastic garbage makes the city particularly vulnerable to floods.

Thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes in the wider region around Mumbai, with many residents using social media to offer shelter to the stranded or ask for help.

In other areas of South Asia, around 500 people have been killed in Bangladesh and Nepal after the countries were badly hit by the floods, aid workers have said.

The South Asian floods have been described as ‘one of the worst regional humanitarian crises in years’ by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The Mumbai floods have been compared to those which struck in and around the city back in 2005, when more than 500 people were killed.