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2 dead, 150 CR trains hit as rain lashes Thane

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, September 04, 2012
First Published: 11:01 IST(4/9/2012) | Last Updated: 01:25 IST(5/9/2012)

While Mumbai remained largely unaffected on Tuesday, heavy rain in Thane district claimed two lives in Palghar taluka and left thousands of people stranded. Landslides and flooding was also reported in a few villages.

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For the second consecutive day, suburban services on the Central Railway ran two to three hours behind schedule and more than 150 trains were cancelled, affecting 35 lakh suburban commuters.

The disruption was caused by flooding and technical snags at crossover points on tracks as well as a signal failure beyond Kalyan station.

A woman carries a child through a water-logged street in Thane. HT/Praful Gangurde

Non-stop rain wreaked havoc on roads in the district leading to heavy disruption of vehicular traffic.

Thane city received 189mm of rain, while the district recorded total rain of 2,395.60mm. Palghar recorded highest rainfall of 422.20mm followed by Dahanu (359mm).

Tulsi lake, which supplies water to Mumbai, overflowed after Tuesday's heavy showers.

While discussing the issue on Tuesday, the state cabinet bla-med BMC for not controlling flooding in the city.

Rural development minister Jayant Patil pointed out how projects started after the July 26, 2005 deluge were yet to be completed.

Vehicles drive through a water-logged street in Thane. PTI

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