Heavy rains lash Mumbai, cripple life

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Jul 2018 08:35:59



HEAVY monsoon rains lashed the megapolis and its neighbouring areas, flooding streets, rail tracks and crippling life in the city.
Around 300 people were stuck at their homes in Vasai town of the adjoining Palghar district due to waterlogging in the area.

The downpour -- the highest of the season so far in a day -- caused traffic jams as many roads and streets in Mumbai were flooded and people were seen wading through knee-deep water.

Vehicles on many roads were seen crawling because of rain and low visibility, while potholes compounded the problem.
Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde declared a holiday on Monday for schools and colleges in Mumbai due to heavy downpour. The Mumbai University said examinations will be rescheduled for students who could not appear for it on Monday. Meanwhile, there was heavy water-logging in the central areas of Kurla, Sion and Dadar. Mira Road (in adjoining Thane district), and Nallasopara and Vasai (in Palghar district) were largely affected due to the heavy showers. Train services of the Central Railway and Western Railway were slightly delayed due to water-logging on rail tracks in some places, officials said.

Some long-distance trains to Gujarat and northern states were halted at Borivali as tracks near Nallasopara and Virar were submerged. The trains left after a delay of about one hour, a spokesperson of the Western Railway said. Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses were slightly delayed, but no service was cancelled or suspended, a BEST spokesperson said.

The city’s neighbouring areas got even more rains, and roads were submerged. Around 300 people were stranded at their homes in Meethanagar locality of Vasai as the road there was submerged. “It is a low-lying area where water-logging occurs frequently,” Palghar’s district information officer said. “The disaster management and Manikpur police station officials have established contact with the residents. A rescue team visited the area in a boat and we will continue to provide all help to the people,” Palghar collector Prashant Nanavare told PTI.

Visibility at the Mumbai airport was “not very good” but flights were operating according to schedule, an MeT official said, adding no warning has been issued for the aviation sector so far. The meteorological department has forecast more heavy rains in Mumbai till Tuesday. The Colaba observatory in south Mumbai recorded 170.6 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours (from 8.30 am on Sunday), an official of the IMD said. “It is the highest rainfall of the season so far in 24 hours,” IMD Mumbai’s deputy director general K S Hosalikar said. The observatory in suburban Santacruz recorded 122 mm showers during the same period, he said.