On this day, July 26, in the year 2005, city of Mumbai came to a standstill in the truest sense. There have been many flood days in Mumbai, but July 26, 2005 redefined the term ‘it’s raining cats and dogs’. Torrential rains flooded most of the areas of Mumbai city. These floods were caused by the heavy rainfall figure of 944 mm which lashed the city.
At around 2 pm on 26 July, a severe storm occurred in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. BMC started receiving phone calls reporting of heavy rains and subsequent water logging in suburban areas. Even the local trains came to a halt by 2:30 pm due to water-logging on tracks. Water-logging in low lying areas of the city caused heavy traffic on roads.
A large number of people lost their homes in flood. Many people were stranded on the roads and railway stations, while many other walked their way to home back from offices along long distances. Thousands of school children were stranded due to flooding. The following two days were declared as school and college holidays by the state government.
Railway tracks, roads and houses were all flooded due to the torrential rains and it was one of the worst climate calamity to hit the city of Mumbai, in which more than 150 people died. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) station in Santacruz recorded 944 mm of rain for the 24-hours period ending at 8:30 a.m. on 27 July. It was the eighth heaviest-ever recorded 24-hour rainfall figure in the country. Torrential rains continued in the city for the next week as well.