Mumbai rains drowning the city: Rescue lines open on Twitter

Mumbaikars, under the hashtag “Rain Hosts”, have been tweeting their locations and addresses and inviting the ones who are stranded outside.

 |  3-minute read |   29-08-2017
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Like clockwork, Mumbai, the maximum city has once again managed to get into a fight with the rain gods, and like always, they seem to have an upper hand.

While the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is busy suing "defamers" like RJ Mallishka — who actually just spoke facts about the absent infrastructure in the economic capital of India — the city continues to grind to a halt come torrential rains. In fact, on August 29, the rains reached their peak.

According to reports, Mumbai recorded more than 125mm or 5inches of rain till the afternoon, which is about ten times more than the yearly average. The meteorological office has predicted very heavy rainfall over the next 24 hours.

Because of the incessant rains, low-lying areas in the city have massively flooded and the water-logging is only expected to worsen.

Flights have been cancelled, public transport has been hit and people have been advised by the BMC not to venture outside their homes. But what about those who are already stuck?

For the many unlucky citizens stuck in this weather, the spirit of Mumbai comes to rescue.

Mumbaikars, under the hashtag “Rain Hosts”, have been tweeting their locations and addresses, and inviting the ones who are stranded outside to their homes for warmth, electricity, tea, food et cetera.

One Twitter user even went the extra mile and compiled all “Rain Hosts” invitations into a spreadsheet for people to access at ease.

It's a cliché, but it's true. Say what one may about the city, the spirit of Mumbai is greater than it's terrible drainage, bad municipal corporations and narrow roads.

The spirit of Mumbai is in the people who survive that city day after day. And they are always there to help. 

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