Rains disrupt rail traffic in Mumbai
However, rains were not as heavy as in late July when flooding killed more than 1,000 people. Mumbaikars' experiencesindia Updated: Sep 09, 2005 20:17 IST
Recovering from the deluge in late July, heavy rain lashed Mumbai on Friday once again inundating several areas and disrupting suburban and long distance rail traffic but there was no report of any destruction or damage from anywhere.
Although several areas of the city were inundated affecting road and rail traffic, there was not much damage to life or property, except a solitary incident of landslide at Antop Hill in north-central Mumbai that left four persons injured, police sources said.
Inundation of several areas, particularly in suburbs led to slowing down of vehicular traffic while poor visibility affected the flight schedule for some time at the domestic and international airport, the sources said.
Suburban and long-distance rail traffic was disrupted as the low-lying Sion-Matunga section of the Central Railway was inundated but the Western Railway services and the harbour line suburban service of Central Railway continued to ply normal, Railway sources said.
Mumbai was battered by the century's heaviest rain in July-end bringing the city to a standstill for two days and where more than 400 people died due to rain-related incidents.
Meanwhile, Municipal Commissioner Johny Joseph has urged public not to get panicked. Police too have swung into action to ensure rumour mongers do not make hay, the same way as last time leading to a stampede in a slum of western Mumbai that killed nearly a dozen people.
Even though rain lashed the central Mumbai parts and northern suburbs in the afternoon, it disappeared equally fast in the late afternoon, bringing respite to the city populace and Government authorities.