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It's been raining, but it's not enough

mumbai Updated: Aug 20, 2012 00:37 IST
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After a prolonged dry spell of more than a fortnight, heavy rain lashed the city in the wee hours of Sunday, offering Mumbaiites some respite from humidity.

Though the rainfall was scanty after 8.30am, the heavy showers through the night certain led to water-logging and tree falls in several areas in both the central and the western suburbs.

Low-lying stretches in Kurla, Byculla, Andheri (west) and Parel saw water-logging, which in turn led to some traffic congestion at some spots. "The area outside Andheri station was water-logged, and I had a tough time finding an auto," said Dr Ruchika Khanna, a dental surgeon who works at Saki Naka. "Some drivers agreed to ply only at a higher fare."

Despite the downpour, water levels in six lakes that supply water to the city rose only marginally, offering no relief from impending water scarcity. Powai lake, which supplies non-potable water to Mumbai, overflowed on Sunday.

With the city using up 3,405 million litres of water a day, data with the civic body shows that there is water available for the next 244 days.

"Over the past two weeks, our business has improved by 10%. But the city's wells are not yet full so procuring water in the days ahead could become an ordeal," said the owner of a Koliwada-based water tanker agency, on condition of anonymity.

In Mulund (west), two residents sustained minor injuries after a wall collapsed on them at Jai Shastri Nagar around 8am on Sunday. The patients, Fareed Mohammed, 32, and Nilofer Mohammed, 40, were taken to MT Agarwal Hospital and sent home after treatment. "They had minor injuries on their hands and legs and received treatment as out patients," said a doctor, who did not wish to be named.

Five cases of tree falls were reported at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) disaster control room. There were no casualties or injuries.

According to civic data, 14,136 potholes had been reported since the start of the monsoon up to August 19, on both BMC and non-BMC roads. Of these, 12,457 were repaired by Sunday evening. The maximum number of potholes and uneven roads were reported in Andheri and south Mumbai.