Schools In Mumbai Closed Today Amid Heavy Rain Warning

Schools In Mumbai Closed Today Amid Heavy Rain Warning

Mumbai is likely to be hit by "extremely heavy rainfall" in the next 48 hours, the weather office said on Wednesday. 

The weather office has issued a red rain alert--indicating "extremely heavy rainfall"--for Mumbai and adjoining Raigad, news agency PTI reported quoting weather officials. 

All schools and junior colleges in Mumbai will remain closed as a precaution, the government said.

Maharashtra minister Ashish Shelar tweeted, "In view of heavy rainfall forecasts, a holiday is declared for all schools & junior colleges in Mumbai, Thane and Konkan region today.  District collectors in other parts of Maharashtra to decide, based on local conditions." 

Mumbai has received heavy rain this monsoon, leading to delayed flights, traffic jams and flooding of homes.

The city's streets regularly flood during the monsoon, which runs from June until September or October, and which provides India with most of its annual rainfall.

(With inputs from PTI)

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