City struggles as it’s raining woes already

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 27, 2016 00:18 IST
People enjoy the high tide at Marine Drive on Sunday. (Kunal Patil/HT)

Waterlogging, traffic snarls, train delays and tree falls – the heavy rain in the city on Sunday brought all this and more, giving citizens a tough time.

The city recorded 12 complaints of waterlogging – five each from the island city and eastern suburbs and two from the western suburbs – leading to traffic snarls at some spots.

The pumps, too, failed to control flooding in areas such as Dadar TT, Parel and Hindamata. The Britannia stormwater drain pumping station will be inaugurated on June 29, which the civic body says will control the flooding.

The Mumbai fire brigade saved four people, three from a family, from drowning at Versova beach.

“The family was near the shore when a huge wave drew them in. Our team rescued them. They were rushed to Cooper hospital,” said a fire official.

Waterlogging was witnessed at many spots, including SV Road in Malad. (Vidya Subramanian/HT)

Heavy rain coupled with mega block delayed the central and western railway services. The WR had imposed a block on the fast lines between Goregaon and Borivli stations, while the CR mega block was between Kalyan and Thane stations. On the harbour line, the block was between CST-Chunabhatti/ Mahim stations.

A waterlogged road at Parel. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT)

The heavy rain led to waterlogging at Mazagaon and other low-lying areas, but the railway claimed it did not affect the movement.

AK Singh, CR spokesperson, said the trains were unaffected because of rain and the mega block on both the lines ended in time.

Thirty tree falls were reported – eight in the island city, 12 in the eastern suburbs and 10 in the western suburbs. The heavy rain brought down a wall near Suahas Plaza at Mumbai Central.

Read: The spots in Mumbai vulnerable to flooding this monsoon

The Mumbai airport spokesperson said three city-bound flights, including two Indigo Airlines flights and a Jet Airways operation, were forced to abort landing owing to heavy rain. “The pilots decided to go-around [cancelled landing and take-off mid-air] because they were unable to see the runway,” said the spokesperson.

Small disruptions in the air traffic patterns had a cascading effect on schedules, causing delays up to 30 minutes, said officials.

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