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Water starts receding in flood-hit areas, toll rises to 23

Even though the weather bureau has predicted that heavy rain may continue for the next 24 hours, life is moving back to normalcy after heavy showers lashed Konkan and western Maharashtra over the weekend.

mumbai Updated: Oct 05, 2009 01:33 IST
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Even though the weather bureau has predicted that heavy rain may continue for the next 24 hours, life is moving back to normalcy after heavy showers lashed Konkan and western Maharashtra over the weekend.

Government officials said heavy rain has claimed 23 lives in Maharashtra so far.

“Parts of Goa, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and some other districts received exceptionally heavy rainfall of 25 cm on Friday. Now the clouds have moved northwards, towards Mumbai, Thane and Nagpur,” said RV Sharma, deputy director of IMD.

“Floodwaters have begun receding in Solapur and Kolhapur. However, thunder storms in the state are not a sign of a receding monsoon,” he added.

The low pressure is expected to cause heavy to very heavy rain across Maharashtra for the next 2-3 days, Sharma said.

Traffic on the Mumbai-Goa Highway has been restored, while trains coming to Mumbai from southern regions are running late due to heavy rain in Karnataka, Goa and Konkan.

“The Konkan Railway has set up an emergency helpline in Mumbai, 10722, which will be available round the clock for two days,” said Siddheshwar Telugu, KR’s chief spokesperson.