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Rain slows down city, but lakes fill up

The city continued to receive intermittent rainfall even on Sunday leading to localised waterlogging and traffic disruptions.

mumbai Updated: Jul 18, 2011 01:20 IST
HT Correspondent

The city continued to receive intermittent rainfall even on Sunday leading to localised waterlogging and traffic disruptions. Meanwhile, rainfall also continued in the catchment areas increasing the water content of the six lakes that supply water to the city.

The suburban services on both Central and Western lines remained unaffected by rains. Nearly 60 pumps on both these railway lines managed to pump out rainwater and prevent water logging on the tracks. The officials said that the lesser number of services run during Sundays helped them contain the effects of the rain.

“At least 30% of train services were cancelled due to mega block that we carried out,” said AK Singh, PRO, Central Railway. The mega block was implemented between Matunga and Mulund stations on the main line and Wadala-Bandra stretch on Harbour line, and Goregaon-Santacruz on the western line.

In the last 24 hours the island city recorded an average of 24.1 mm of rainfall. The eastern suburbs and the western suburbs received 25.8 mm and 20.7 mm of rainfall respectively.

There was waterlogging at chronic flooding spots such as Milan Subway, Andheri subway, Khar subway, parts of Juhu, Worli and Tardeo in the afternoon but it receded early.

There were three incidents of wall collapse in the city but nobody was injured. A portion of a 10-storeyed vacant building fell on a nearby chawl in Tulsiwadi, and the wall of a building collapsed in Maroshi.

The water content of the lakes has been rising. The total stock of water in the six lakes is 4.3 lakh million litres as against 2.02 lakh million litres last year.

Tulsi and Vihar lakes that are within the city inside the Sanjay Gandhi Nation park received 62 mm of rainfall respectively. With continuous rainfall, Tulsi lake is less than a metre away from its overflow mark.