Mumbai ravaged, on high alert

People were moved to safer places as the toll in Maharashtra crossed 900.Mumbaikars' experiences | Share yours
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Updated on Aug 02, 2005 02:13 PM IST
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PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Mumbai

Incessant rains continued to lash the city and other parts of Maharashtra on Monday, paralysing rail, road and air traffic. Thousands of people were moved to safer places in view of water discharge from overflowing dams as the toll in the state crossed 900.

In Konya, 150 families were shifted to safer places from flood-affected areas.

About 50 villages in Satara district remained cut off following heavy rains since Sunday while authorities plan to release more water from Koyna dam for the second day.

Rail services disrupted

In the city, suburban rail services were thrown out of gear with trains running only between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Kurla on the harbour and central railway routes.

Coping with Mumbai's torrential rain

On the Western Railway, the trains were moving between Churchgate and Virar although at a slow pace due to water logging on the tracks.

Vehicular traffic was also disrupted with water logging in low-lying areas such as Hindmata, Sion, Kurla, Kings Circle, Wadala, Kalina, S V Road, Khar, Milan and Dahisar.

The government declared a holiday in educational institutions on Monday amidst warning of heavy to heavy rainfall in the city until Tuesday.

Procession of visa applications delayed

Meanwhile, a British High Commission communique said that due to the severe weather conditions in the Mumbai area, there are likely to be delays in processing visa applications made in Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Pune. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

People preferred to stay indoors and attendance in offices and banks was very thin, official sources said.

Flights delayed

Flights in and out of Mumbai were delayed because of poor visibility due to heavy downpour, airport sources said adding that they were operating as per the revised schedule.   
In Satara district, more than 150 flood-affected families were shifted to safer places, while 55 villages continued to remain cut off following the continued heavy rains even as authorities plan to release more water from Koyna dam.

About 100 flood-affected families from Karad and some 60 families in Patan tehsil have so far been evacuated to safer places after the areas were flooded,District Magistrate Subrao Patil said.

Fifty villages in Patan tehsil and five in Karad remained cut off as roads and bridges were submerged after 80,000 cusecs of water was released from the dam on Sunday.

Heavy rains forecast

"There would be heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours accompanied by strong gusty winds. Fishermen have been warned against venturing into the sea as it would be rough to very rough," Met office director Thakur Prasad said.

Northern parts of Mumbai and neighbouring areas of Thane district would receive very heavy rainfall throughout but the southern parts are expected to get some relief by Monday evening, Prasad said.

Hundreds of houses in the suburban areas including Andheri, Santa Cruz, Bandra, Marol, Saki Naka, Wadala, Kurla, Chuna Bhatti and Chembur and the Thane city are under waist-deep water, according to police.

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