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Mumbai rains highlights: One dead, 97 rescued at Vasai waterfall as search operations continue

By HT Correspondents | Jul 08, 2018 17:00 IST

Heavy rains lashed parts of Mumbai and neighbouring areas of Navi Mumbai and Kalyan on Saturday, three days after a pedestrian bridge collapsed near a railway station and held up the city’s local train network during showers.

Two unidentified bodies were fished out from a river in Kalyan in the afternoon, while a 40-year-old woman died of electrocution in Ghatkopar.

Here are highlights:

9:10 PM IST

One dead, 97 rescued at Vasai waterfall

A picnicker died and while effort is underway to rescue 12 others stranded at the Chinchoti waterfall in Vasai’s Tungareshwar Bird Sanctuary. 120 picnickers had come to the waterfalls, of which 97 have been rescued, police said.

The NDRF team is using horses provided by locals to trek to the core area, with their equipment, said Navnath Zare, Palghar’s Resident District Collector.

“The area is thickly forested and it takes at least 2-3 hours for our personnel to get basic information, due to the mobile network issues,” Zare said.

7:25 PM IST

35 rescued from Chinchoti waterfall in Vasai

At least 40 people were stranded at Chinchoti waterfall in Palghar’s Vasai. Thirty-five people have been brought to safety and operations are underway to rescue the remaining people, reports news agency ANI.

Some of the stranded people were seeing clinging to trees as they waited to be rescued.

6:10 PM IST

Rescue operations underway at Chinchoti waterfall in Vasai

A 19-member National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team is on its way to the Chinchoti waterfall where 35 picnickers are stranded and five are missing. The Coast Guard,Dahanu is coordinating with the NDRF to trace and rescue the missing picnickers.

The exact number of picnickers at the spot is not known, a Vasai official said.

On the Palghar Collector’s request, the DMU has deployed an Air Force chopper at the location for search and rescue operation. A team of the NDRF has also been deployed with a green corridor to ensure fast transition to the site.

5:34 PM IST

Pipeline bursts in Dadar, will affect water supply

An 18-inch water pipeline burst at Sena Bhavan road in Dadar West due to metro work. Repair work is underway at the site.

The pipeline burst will affect water supply in parts of Dadar West, NM Joshi Marg, Bhavani Shankar Road, SK Bole Road and Sena Bhavan.

4:59 PM IST

Rains lead to traffic jams in parts of Navi Mumbai

4:50 PM IST

Central Railway diverts, cancels long-distance trains

4:42 PM IST

5 missing, 35 stranded at Chinchoti waterfall in Vasai

Thirty five people who had gone to swim at the Chinchoti waterfall in Vasai are stranded. Five are missing. The fire brigade and the tehsildar are at the spot.

4:24 PM IST

Trains delayed on Central, Western lines

Local train services on the Central line are operating with 20-minute delay. Services on the Western Railway are operational with a delay of 15 minutes.

4:05 PM IST

Two unidentified bodies found in Khadavli river in Kalyan

The disaster management team of Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation removed two unidentified dead bodies from the Khadavli river on Saturday afternoon.

22 tree fall cases and 1 wall collapse case is reported in Kalyan -Dombivli region.

3:53 PM IST

17-year-old injured in Kalyan

Muskaan Rajori, 17, was injured in Kalyan after an electric pole fell on her. She is undergoing treatment at the Rukminibai civic hospital.

3:45 PM IST

One dead and another injured in Ghatkopar

Usha Sawant, 40, died and 5 year-old Samidha Sawant was injured in an electrocution followed by short circuit in Ghatkopar.

3:20pm IST

Intermittent rain likely till Wednesday

Scattered heavy rainfall with isolated spells of very heavy rain expected in Mumbai and surrounding areas till Wednesday.

“The formation of a low pressure area over north West Bengal and adjoining areas of the Bay of Bengal, and the active monsoon current over the Konkan coast has led to more moisture incursions leading to rain over Mumbai and other parts or north Konkan,” says Ajay Kumar, scientist, India Meteorological Department.

“In the coming days, rainfall intensity is expected to increase over Mumbai and surrounding areas as the low pressure system on the east coast is likely to intensify the offshore trough extending from Gujarat to Kerala, leading to heavy to very heavy rainfall till Wednesday,” he adds.

2:30 pm IST

Traffic jam near Anjur Phata on Nashik bypass

2.29 PM IST

Water logging on Nashik highway

2:10 PM IST

Thane received over 76mm rainfall: Thane Municipal Corporation

Thane Municipal Corporation told IMD that Thane recorded 76.95 mm of rainfall between 8.30 am and 1.30pm on Saturday.

1:53 PM IST

Traffic officials fill up potholes on Sion-Panvel highway

12:45pm IST

Train services resume in Kalyan-Badlapur section

12:20pm IST

Heavy rainfall in Palghar

12:10pm IST

Water level of Ulhas river reaches warning level

Water level of Ulhas river reaches warning level, says Maharashtra irrigation department. Kalyan-Murbad bridge closed for traffic due to heavy rains.

12:00pm IST

Train services disrupted

Local train services between Badlapur and Kalyan affected due to waterlogging on tracks.