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Maharashtra rains: Toll mounts to 19

MET department has predicted more downpour in Mumbai and parts of Konkan on Friday.

india Updated: Jun 02, 2006 23:02 IST

Nineteen people were killed in rain- related incidents in Maharashtra in the past couple of days, and MET department predicted more downpour in Mumbai and parts of Konkan on Friday.

Government spokesperson Bhushan Gagrani said that four people were killed in Ratnagiri, three in Mumbai, two in Sindhudurg, one in Dhule, eight in Aurangabad revenue division and one in Nagpur.

Thirteen districts in the state have experienced above average rainfall since Wednesday, Gagrani said adding state chief secretary DK Sankaran was monitoring the situation and coordinating with respective district collectors.

Meanwhile, the state capital continued to receive intermittent rainfall but rail and road traffic returned to near normal today as compared to Wednesday.

"Suburban train services have been running smoothly since morning and there has been no disruption inspite of the heavy rains. There was a delay of 10 to 15 minutes for a while in the morning but that was due to technical reasons and not because of the rains," Central Railway PRO A K Singh said.

However, he said long distance trains, especially those running through the Konkan region, were running eight to ten hours late due to heavy downpour in that area.

The Colaba observatory recorded 118 mm rainfall from 8.30 on Wednesday morning till 8.30 on Thursday morning while Santacruz observatory recorded 180.4 mm rainfall during the same period.

Met office sources said rain and thundershowers will continue in Konkan area -- which is receiving heavy rainfall since the early onset of monsoon -- for the next twenty four hours.

First Published: Jun 01, 2006 20:54 IST