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Heavy showers lash Mumbai, two dead

Heavy overnight rains in Mumbai on Sunday flooded several areas with vehicular and rail traffic thrown out of gear.

india Updated: Jun 24, 2007 13:13 IST

Heavy overnight rains in Mumbai on Sunday flooded several areas with vehicular and rail traffic thrown out of gear. A building collapse in the southern part of the city resulted in the death of two people.

Several parts of Lower Parel, Lalbaug and Sion in central Mumbai and areas like Andheri and Juhu in the south were water logged due to incessant rains since Saturday.

The downpour has also affected the schedule of local trains, considered the lifeline of Mumbai, on the Western, Central and Harbour lines. Many trains are running late, a railway spokesperson said on Sunday.

The showers have also thrown vehicular traffic out of gear mainly in south, central and western suburban Mumbai.

According to the meteorological department, south Mumbai has received 200 mm of rainfall since Saturday evening. The suburbs recorded over 55 mm rainfall.

A five-storey dilapidated building in Grant Road collapsed due to the heavy showers on Saturday night, killing two people and injuring four, police said.

Local housing authorities had apparently served an eviction notice to the residents of the 40-year-old building because of its poor condition and the top four floors had been vacated. But a sweet-meat shop on the ground floor had obtained a stay order, saying it would get the structure repaired.

"There were many customers and workers present in the shop when the top floor of building caved in and trapped six people. Rescue workers managed to save four people but two died," a police official told IANS.

Weathermen have predicted that Mumbai and parts of Maharashtra will experience heavy showers for the next 48 hours.

"Heavy rainfall is likely at a few places, including Greater Mumbai, Thane, Ahmednagar, Dhule, Jalgaon and Nasik for the next 48 hours," said CVV Bhadram deputy director general of the Regional Metrological Centre.

In Pune, 11 people were killed in two separate wall collapse incidents on Saturday. Rain also caused devastation in Sangli in western Maharashtra, where scores of mud huts have been washed away and one person was killed by lightning.

In Nasik, four people died after being struck by lightning. The city also experienced a night-long power failure.

First Published: Jun 24, 2007 12:58 IST