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Mumbai edges towards normalcy after rain

Water recedes from low-lying areas; road traffic gets less chaotic; train and air travel from city gets better, reports Dharmendra Jore.

india Updated: Jul 02, 2007 11:27 IST
Dharmendra Jore

After a two-day rain fury, Mumbai edged towards normalcy on Sunday. The weather department recorded 1020 mm rainfall till June 30, in Mumbai.

The death toll reached 43, including 12 in Mumbai, by Sunday afternoon. Chiplun, Khed area of Konkan region, Kolhapur, Sangli of Western Maharashtra and Amravati in Vidarbha district were most affected.

At least 23 people are feared dead and one missing in rain-related incidents in Amravati district in Vidarbha in the last 36 hours.

Authorities said water had receded from low-lying areas; road traffic was less chaotic, trains ran smoothly albeit with some delay, and power was restored in some areas. Sunday also proved to be a better day for air travel.

The city’s rail services were back on track. Western line trains operated only with some delays in the morning. “Suburban services on the main and harbour lines are operational, though they are running behind schedule,” said Shriniwas Mudgerikar, Central Railway chief PRO. Many outstation trains including Konkan Railway trains from Mumbai were rescheduled.

“All the scheduled BEST buses ran normally, but there was skeletal passenger traffic. Even power supply to the city was normal,” Sudhir Jahagirdar, BEST’s deputy PRO said.

Barring some flight delays, airline operations also returned to normal. A Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) spokesperson said, “Airport operations were normal. Only Indian and Jet Airways cancelled some flights.” Airlines had to combine flights because cabin crew were unable to report to work due to water clogging in various parts of the city.

However, even as Mumbai re-surfaced from the deluge on Sunday, more deaths were reported from the rest of Maharashtra.

Several villages were inundated by the flood in Krishna river at Sangli, while six people were reported missing in Shirol taluka of Kolhapur district after the bullock-cart they were traveling in, was washed away. All links with 49 villages in Kolhapur district have been cut off due to increased water levels of the river.

(With inputs from Sanjeev Shivdekar, Rajendra Aklekar, Shoubhik Mitra and Sarita Kaushik)