Pune: A landslide caused by heavy rains blocked the busy Mumbai-Pune Express Highway today, following which traffic was diverted via the old highway route. There were no casualties and work to clear the debris is on, officials aware of the matter said.

Heavy rains lashed Pune and western Maharashtra last night with the revival of the monsoon. The downpour disrupted the long-distance Mumbai-bound trains. The India meteorological department (MeT department) recorded 34.5 mm rainfall in the city and suburbs as it poured the entire day till 8.30 pm last night, uprooting trees in different parts and causing traffic disruption.

Unlike Konkan, Vidarbha and parts of Marathwada, the western Maharashtra had a late onset of monsoon. Widespread rains had been reported from Kolhapur, Satara and Sangli districts of the region. The catchment areas of four city dams—Varasgaon, Panshet, Pavna and Khadakwasla—registered good rainfall, the weather office said.

Monsoon is expected to be vigorous in the next two days, it added. Six long-distance trains plying between Pune and Mumbai were cancelled yesterday while some others were rescheduled. Central railway officials said the train traffic was expected to normalize in the next 48 hours.

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