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Heavy rains continue in Maharashtra

india Updated: Aug 06, 2006 14:09 IST
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Unceasing heavy downpour continued to lash Mumbai as well as several parts of Maharashtra on Sunday, paralysing normal life as many roads remained under water and several flights were diverted.

Mumbai suffered chock-a-block traffic due to flooded roads and subways. Water logging was reported in many neighbourhoods of Mumbai including Andheri, Milan and Khar subways as well as Chembur, a central suburb.

The roads were submerged around the Sion Circle area, Hind Mata Chowk and Chunabhatti areas in central Mumbai.

Several flights were diverted from the city as visibility was down to only 300 metres at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal airport. Some flights were delayed by more than an hour on Sunday.

According to railway officials, a number of long distance as well as suburban local trains were running slow.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has warned citizens that heavy showers might continue and asked them not to venture out of their homes unless necessary.

The meteorological department predicted heavy rains for till Monday noon.

Pune was also hit by heavy showers with its main rivers Mula and Muthha flowing above the danger mark.

A flood alert was issued after 25,000 cusecs of water was released from the Khadakvasla dam.

Five people were on Saturday crushed to death after a residential-cum-commercial complex collapsed following heavy rains in Akola, a district more than 600 km northeast of Mumbai.

More than 13,000 people have been evacuated from marooned villages in Nanded district, around 650 km from Mumbai, in the Marathwada region where 25 villages were reportedly cut off completely by floods.

The situation was similar in Gadchiroli district in Vidarbha region. The army, navy and air force were helping with rescue operations in the flood-affected places.

The Nanded-Nagpur-Akola-Hyderabad road has been closed to traffic, officials said.

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