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Fish on the Tracks? Marine Life Spotted at Mumbai Local Train Station Amidst Waterlogging

Social media quickly lit up with videos and photos documenting the chaos. Among these was a particularly striking video showing fish swimming in the flooded railway tracks.

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Fish on the Tracks? Marine Life Spotted at Mumbai Local Train Station Amidst Waterlogging

Mumbai faced unprecedented rainfall on Monday, with up to 300 millimeters drenching the city within hours. This torrential downpour marked the city’s heaviest single-day rainfall since 2019, leading to severe waterlogging and widespread disruption. Streets turned into rivers, and railway tracks became makeshift waterways, paralyzing daily life across Mumbai and its neighboring districts. Schools and colleges were forced to close, and commuters found themselves navigating flooded roads and submerged train stations.

Social media quickly lit up with videos and photos documenting the chaos. Among these was a particularly striking video showing fish swimming in the flooded railway tracks. This unexpected sight led to a flurry of jokes and memes, with many humorously comparing the railway stations to sudden aquatic habitats.

“That’s a collaboration between the railway ministry and the fisheries department. It’s a multi-purpose project for employment generation and income enhancement for stranded passengers of delayed trains,” joked one user on social media.

Another commented, “First time in my life I am seeing marine fish live on railway tracks, bhaiya. Climate change and global warming can play havoc in the future,” while a third added, “India is such a diverse country. Its ecosystem is mesmerizing.”

A more informative user explained, “These are catfish, and during the monsoon, they often emerge from canals and other water bodies,” shedding light on the aquatic creatures now seen navigating Mumbai’s railway network. The heavy rains have caused significant disruptions to Mumbai’s infrastructure, especially its critical railway system, which is now grappling with extensive waterlogging across various areas.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast continued moderate to heavy rainfall for Mumbai, Thane, and other districts in Maharashtra until at least Saturday. The city has been placed under a ‘yellow’ alert, indicating the need for caution as the rains persist until July 13.

This weather event highlights the broader issues of urban infrastructure and climate resilience. Mumbai, a city known for its monsoons, often finds itself at the mercy of nature’s extremes. The sight of fish on railway tracks serves as a stark reminder of the city’s vulnerability to climate change and the urgent need for sustainable urban planning. The authorities and citizens alike must consider long-term solutions to mitigate the impact of such weather events and ensure that Mumbai remains navigable, even in the face of extreme conditions.

As the city braces for more rain, the immediate focus remains on safety and recovery. Residents are advised to stay updated with weather forecasts and exercise caution when venturing out. Meanwhile, the city’s spirit of resilience and adaptability continues to shine through, with communities coming together to support each other in times of need.

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