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7 hurt in monsoon mishaps

mumbai Updated: Sep 01, 2010 01:53 IST
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Seven people were injured in separate incidents on Tuesday as rain continued to lash the city. There was flooding in several areas and a few instances of minor wall collapses. Road and rail traffic, while staying afloat, was disrupted.

According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) statistics, the island city has received 17 per cent more than the average seasonal rainfall, while the suburbs have received 9 per cent more than the average. Overall, Mumbai has received 13 per cent more than the average.

The BMC disaster control room said three people were injured at New Mill Road in Kurla (West) when the roof of a chawl collapsed at 2.24 am. Shantaram Jagtap (65), Shantabai Jagtap (58) and Yogita Jagtap (24) were rushed to Bhabha Hospital for treatment.

Four people suffered minor injuries when a tree fell on two houses at 3.40 am in Dahisar (East). The injured were taken to Bhagwati Hospital for first aid.

The road leading to Kasaiwada Colony in Kurla caved in late on Monday, cutting off the hillock on which the colony is located. Houses near the road were evacuated as a precaution.

Services on the Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR) were delayed. A wall near Sandhurst Road station developed a crack, leading to the diversion of slow trains to the fast track and the enforcement of speed limits.

“CR trains were late and the announcements were irregular,” said Laxmi Iyengar, a commuter.

“This is the first time in 16 years that CR services have not been severely affected by the monsoon. This year, we took additional measures such as raising tracks. The BMC cooperated too,” said S.C. Mudgerikar, CR’s chief spokesperson.

Though commuters complained of delays, WR services were not seriously affected.

Road traffic was affected by flooding at Worli, Hindmata, Marol Naka, King’s Circle, Wadala, Milan Subway, Dadar, Sion, Khar and Andheri. Commuters complained of snarls at Sion Junction along the Eastern Express Highway and near Bandra Junction on the Western Express Highway.

“There was a huge jam at Suman Nagar Junction. The narrow pass under the railway line always creates problems. Today, the road condition was very bad and heavy vehicles got stuck on it,” said Ashwin Rajesh, who was stranded at the spot for an hour.

Traffic on Tilak Bridge and Tulsi Pipe Road was slow moving due to large potholes.

Motorists experienced similar conditions at many spots across the city.