Hours of heavy monsoon downpour and thunderstorms bring life in the Indian capital to a grinding halt as hundreds of thousands of commuters were stranded on waterlogged roads across the region.
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NEW DELHI — Heavy rains paralyzed India, Bangladesh and Nepal for the second day Wednesday, as the worst monsoon in years has caused more 1,000 deaths.

In the western India city of Mumbai, many of its 20 million residents waded through waist-high water trying to get home from work after being stuck there overnight. Buses and trains were halted as roads became impassable.

India is used to regular flooding during monsoon season from June to September, especially in Mumbai, where millions live in shantytowns with poor drainage. Still, this year’s floods are unusually severe. And now, the weather service is predicting continuing rain through the week.

Shikha Joshi, 32, a banker in Mumbai, had to spend the night inside a local train that was trapped because the railway tracks were under water.

“No one could move anywhere, so it was better to sit and let the time pass,” said Joshi, who fretted about her 12-year-old brother left home alone — until neighbors went to look after him.

Shivam Arora, 43, a trader in Mumbai, was luckier.

“I have taken the local train to work every day for the past 17 years and never have I seen the network be so adversely affected. It was a complete breakdown of the system,” he said.

“Trains were canceled, stations were closed, places (to take shelter) were jammed, and the situation on the roads was catastrophic,” he added. Thankfully, my Facebook feed was filled with people offering their homes as shelters. And I had to crash at my…