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Heavy rain floods Mumbai, delays trains; no high tide trouble, but brace for evening commute chaos

Mumbai city news: According to BMC data, 10 locations -- six in the eastern suburbs and four in the island city -- witnessed waterlogging

mumbai Updated: Jul 08, 2017 09:33 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman and Kailash Korde
Tanushree Venkatraman and Kailash Korde
Hindustan Times
Mumbai city news,Mumbai rain,Mumbai flooding
Two women take cover at Shivaji Park, Dadar.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT)

As the heavy rain since early morning has left several locations such as Sion, Dadar, Matunga, Hindmata, Andheri and JVLR, Powai flooded, the BMC pressed 79 pumps into service.

Mumbai also witnessed a high tide of 4.81m around 2.39pm. With the rain dying down in the afternoon, the city did not face any trouble. Heavy rain coupled with high tide increases chances of inundation.

On Sunday, tide levels soared to 4.97m coupled with heavy rain.

Do we have to go to school, seems to be question on this child’s mind. ( Anshuman Poyrekar/HT )

While 38 pumps are in operation in the island city, 26 in the eastern suburbs and 15 in the western suburbs.

Data from various weather stations reveals that Mumbai received 10-14 mm rainfall between 12 pm and 1 pm.

According to BMC data, 10 locations (6 in the eastern suburbs and four in the island city) witnessed waterlogging.

The Colaba weather station recorded 56.8mm rain between 10 pm on Monday night and 7am on Tuesday morning while the Santacruz weather station recorded 12.8 mm.

BMC officials said road traffic was affected as two BEST buses were diverted from road number 24 in Sion and from Vidyavihar west.

Suburban services on the western railway (WR) are running 10 minutes late, while the main and harbour line services on Central Railway (CR) are about 30 minutes late.

Mumbai received heavy rains over the long-weekend adding 91 thousand million litres of water in the lakes. Weather forecast has predicted heavy rains for Tuesday and Wednesday too.

On CR, the tracks were submerged between Sion and Kurla stations, in addition to a technical glitch at Kurla station.

Although both the zonal railways did not released any official information, the Government Railway Police confirmed the delay.

Both the zonal railways have completed monsoon preparation works such as cleaning of nullahs, drains and culverts. Also, pumps have been installed at vulnerable locations.

Earlier, CR services were badly hit due to water logging on tracks at Thane and Kurla stations. CR had blamed Thane Municipal Corporation for the waterlogging at Kalwa.

First Published: Jun 27, 2017 09:03 IST