Heavy rains continue to lash Mumbai

Heavy rains continue to lash Mumbai
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First Published: Wed, Jul 15 2009. 02 37 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Jul 15 2009. 02 37 PM IST
Mumbai: Heavy rains continued to lash the country’s financial capital for the third day on Wednesday but transport facilities were largely unaffected by the downpour.
Rainfall recorded in the last 22 hours since 0830 hours on Tuesday was 240.1 mm, according to the weather bureau.
The Met department has forecasted frequent spells of rain or thundershowers with heavy to very heavy rain in parts of the city and suburbs. Strong gusty winds are also likely.
Water logging was reported in some areas of the city but arterial road routes were largely unaffected by the rains, though road traffic movement was slow in some areas, officials said.
Train services, particularly outstation trains, had to be diverted after water washed away stone chips on the tracks, railway officials said.
“Due to heavy rains since Tuesday, there have been strong water currents across the tracks beyond Badlapur railway station due to which the stone chips on the tracks were washed away at a few locations,” chief public relations officer of the Central Railway Shriniwas Mudgerikar said.
As a result, trains going beyond Badlapur towards Karjat had to be stopped from 0845 hours. Work was on to restore the services, he said. ”All outstation mail trains using the Karjat route have thus been diverted onto the Karjat-Panvel-Diva route,“ Mudgerikar added.
Meanwhile, services on the Western line and other lines of Central Railways remained largely unaffected.
Minor flight delays were reported from the city airport in the early hours. However, after 1000 hours, there were no flight deferrals due to weather, a Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) spokesperson said.
A landslide was reported in Jogeshwari and a wall collapse in Ghatkopar.Elsewhere in the city two incidents of wall collapse were reported but there were no injuries, police said. Three persons were injured in suburban Chandivali when a tree collapsed. At least five other incidents of trees falling were reported in the city but no injuries occurred due to them, they added.
Even Amitabh Bacchan was not spared. His house ‘Prateeksha’ and lawns were reportedly flooded.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea for the next 24 hours as the sea is rough to very rough with southwesterly to westerly waves, the Met department said.
Heavy rains also lashed Pune, parts of Western Maharashtra, Konkan and the Vidharbha region. As several trees were uprooted, and low lying areas remained inundated, train services between Mumbai-Pune could not be resumed. The Konkan railway is also running slow. Destruction on life and property was reported in Chiplun and Nashik.
A substantial rise was recorded in the water levels of four dams: Khadakwasla, Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar. The Koyna reservoir rose by eight feet. The areas earlier had a severe water crisis.
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First Published: Wed, Jul 15 2009. 02 37 PM IST