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Indo-Asian News Service
Mumbai, August 03, 2007
Heavy rains severely hit normal life in Mumbai on Friday as many areas were waterlogged, vehicular traffic was stalled and flights and trains were delayed. While civic authorities struggled to pump out water from flooded areas due to overnight showers, rains continued to lash India's financial hub, hindering their efforts.

"Heavy downpours since Thursday night have resulted in water logging on railway tracks and several low-lying areas in Dadar and Parel have been inundated," said a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official.

"All efforts are being made to pump water out of these areas. Extra pumps have been installed this morning," he added.

"Traffic has been affected in several areas ... all efforts are being made to ease the traffic," a police official said.

Meanwhile, the local train network, considered the city's lifeline, was severely hit, with many trains running behind schedule.

"Service on the Central and Harbour lines are delayed by 20-30 minutes due to flooding of railway tracks at several places. Trains are being run at slower speeds due to the flooding," a railway official said.

Strong winds coupled with the downpour affected operations at the Mumbai airport and several flights were delayed.

"Strong cross-winds and heavy showers since Friday morning have brought down the visibility, resulting in delays of both incoming and outbound flights," said an official at the Chattrapati Shivaji airport's domestic terminal.

Schools and colleges remained closed and office goers and commuters had a harrowing time reaching their destinations.

"There is no proper system to warn residents of impending showers. We are mostly caught unawares whenever there are heavy showers in the city," said Naina Malhotra, who works in a public relations firm.

And the situation may only worsen as weather officials have predicted more rains in the next couple of days.