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Heavy rains lash Mumbai; 8 killed in Thane

india Updated: Jun 16, 2010 14:31 IST

Heavy rains coupled with strong winds on Wednesday lashed the city and its suburbs, disrupting air and rail traffic and leading to water logging in many areas. Meanwhile, eight people were crushed to death early this morning when a wall collapsed in Thane following rains.

The incident took place around 4.30 am. when the boundary wall of Dosti Constructions in Vartak Nagar suburb of Dyaneshwar Nagar area in Thane suddenly collapsed on the hutments adjacent to the wall, trapping the people who were fast asleep.

The city received 60.77 mm rainfall since Tuesday.

Colaba in south Mumbai received 78.6 mm and suburban Santacruz received 95.0 mm, the MET department said.

Train services on the Western line were running late by 10-15 minutes whereas on the Central line, trains were delayed by 15-20 minutes.

Airline sources said there was an average delay of one-and-a-half to two hours in flight operations due to heavy rains.

"The start-up delay is around one-and-a-half to two hours due to congestion caused by heavy rains and strong winds," they said.

However, the Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) spokesperson said, "There is an average delay of half-an-hour to 40 minutes across flights."

Five flights have been diverted, including one Air India Chennai flight, the sources said.

Water logging has been reported at Dadar in central Mumbai, Cadbury Junction, Hind Mata and other areas, civic officials said.

Heavy rainfall is expected to continue in the city with strong gusty winds and thundershowers in parts of city and suburbs, the weatherman said.

With inputs from agencies