Weather officials have predicted more rain in Mumbai over the next 24 hours. Photo: NDTV

Unusually heavy rain continued to lash Mumbai on Wednesday after several low-lying areas were flooded, according to media reports. Downpours have disrupted air, rail, and road traffic, and forced students to stay at home. 

Schools and colleges in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region were instructed to remain closed on Wednesday.

Maharashtra education minister Vinod Tawde said, “Schools are instructed to remain closed tomorrow for safety due to mixed predictions. This holiday will be compensated in Diwali.”

According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials, Mumbai recorded its second-highest level of precipitation in a span of 12 hours during the month of September yesterday, PTI reported.

Ajay Kumar, a scientist at the India Meteorological Department Mumbai, said, “Now rainfall will decrease, but light to moderate rainfall to continue in Mumbai region. We have removed warning [for heavy rainfall], intermittent rainfall likely over city & suburbs for next 48 hrs.”