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Heavy rain hits Mumbai, suburbs, step out only if necessary, says civic body

Mumbai city news: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has alerted of heavy downpour till July 20 and asked residents to leave home only when necessary

mumbai Updated: Jul 18, 2017 11:37 IST
Waterlogging was reported in parts of Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai.
Waterlogging was reported in parts of Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai.(Praful Gangurde)

Heavy rain hits commuters, officegoers from Mumbai’s suburb Thane on Tuesday morning.

The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has alerted of heavy downpour till July 20 and asked residents to leave home only when necessary.

Thane which received barely 40mm rainfall till Monday evening, recorded 110mm from late evening till 6.30am on Tuesday.

Santosh Kadam, regional disaster management officer of TMC, said, “Thane received 112mm rainfall till 8.30am. The total rainfall this year has reached 1456mm, compared to 1481.50 mm last year. We received several complaints of tree falls . A nullah wall and compound wall also collapsed owing to heavy rain, but there were no injuries or casualties.”

The downpour and waterlogging slowed down traffic.

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Officegoers were stuck in congestion . AR Sandhan, a resident of Hiranandani Estate in Thane, said, “My regular bus from Patlipada came half an hour late. Auto drivers too were not willing to ply. I had to wait for over 30 minutes and got drenched in heavy downpour.”

The entire Eastern Express Highway was jammed from Majiwada uptill Anadnagar toll plaza.

Traffic was also slow along the Mumbra bypass from Kharegaon Toll Plaza.

Residents took to Twitter expressing their woes.

The civic authority has asked the residents to keep in touch on their helpline number 1800 222 108 in case they need help.

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Meanwhile, the traffic at Runde bridge in Titwala, Kalyan will be closed if rain continues . The water under the bridge is touching it and it may get submerged soon, according to the Kalyan Tehsil office.

“The water level has increased since last night. If it continues to rain, the traffic will come to halt,” said Amit Sanap, Tehsildar , Kalyan.

If the bridge over the Kalu river gets submerged villagers from Runde, Ambivli, Falegaon, Madh, Haal, Ushid, Bhongle pada, Arela, Nadgaon will be affected as they won’t be able to connect to Titwala and Kalyan city. The bridge helps villagers connect between Kalyan, Murbad, Titwala, Padgha to Mumbai and Nashik.

The twin city received 82 mm of rainfall on Monday. The total rainfall this year in Kalyan Dombivli is 1456 mm.

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The incessant rain led to waterlogging in several areas in Navi Mumbai.

The traffic movement along the Sion-Panvel highway, too, was slow, thanks to the poor condition of roads at Belapur, Kharghar and Vashi.

Satish Gaikward, senior police inspector of Vashi traffic unit, said, “Whenever we see serpentine snarls, we ask toll naka officials to leave vehicles without collecting toll.”

According to the officials from the disaster management cell, with 171.50 mm Nerul saw the maximum rainfall in the city in the past 24 hours. It was followed by Belapur (160.20 mm), Vashi (153.20 mm) and Airoli (149 mm).