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Rain forces city to stay at home

The city slowed down this weekend with Saturday being the wettest day of the season. On Sunday, 41 spots in the city were waterlogged.

mumbai Updated: Aug 29, 2011 01:29 IST
HT Correspondents

The city slowed down this weekend with Saturday being the wettest day of the season. On Sunday, 41 spots in the city were waterlogged.

There were seven structure collapses in the city and four landslides where one person was injured. The incessant rain, which continued till late on Sunday, affected trains, buses, taxis and even the usually long weekend queue at restaurants.

"We are expecting heavy rainfall for the next 48 hours because of the upper cyclonic activity in the monsoon trough," said RK Rajeev, director, IMD (Mumbai).

From Saturday to Sunday morning, the suburbs received 220mm rain, the highest rainfall in 24 hours this monsoon and the heaviest rain day in August since 2006. The city also crossed the season's average rainfall mark of 2294 mm. The highest rainfall in 24 hours until Saturday was on July 31 when it rained 192.4 mm in the suburbs.

"The rainfall recorded in the Santacruz weather station is considered for the city's rainfall pattern," added Rajeev.

On Sunday, it rained 82.6mm in the suburbs and 137.6mm in south Mumbai till 8.30pm, which led to trains on the Western and Harbour line being delayed for 25 minutes. Commuters on the Central line had a tougher time because of waterlogging of nearly three metres near Umbermali station, on the Kalyan-Kasara stretch. Even the stretch between Sion and Kurla and north of Kalyan was waterlogged.

The heavy rain had washed out the ballasts or stones in between the tracks. Service was restored by afternoon and the ballasts were replaced," said V Malegaonkar, chief public relations officer, central railway. Long distance trains to Nagpur, Howrah and Varanasi were rescheduled and a train to Aurangabad was cancelled.

Even road transport services was hit with more than 60% of taxis staying off the road and only 2,875 of around 3,000 buses plied. Low visibility on the runway led to two city-bound flights aborting landing at the last minute putting them 10 minutes behind schedule.

With the city choosing to stay indoors, there were not too many traffic jams on the road.

"Owing to the fear of potholes and traffic congestion, I did not want to venture out of the house. My car was already submerged in the parking lot of my colony," said Aniruddha Poddar, 46, a Sion resident.

The usual Sunday bustle was missing at theatres, malls and hotels. "A combination of rain and also lack of quality content kept audiences away over the weekend," said Sunil Punjabi, CEO, Cinemax India Ltd.

The strong winds led to 39 tree collapses, 17 of which were in the suburbs.