Published: Tue, July 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Monsoon brings Mumbai to halt: Roads water-logged, trains delayed

Monsoon brings Mumbai to halt: Roads water-logged, trains delayed

"It's nature's fury. Moving trains in such rains in Kurla Thane section is safety hazard at this point of time".

Power utility companies have also suspended the supply in some suburban areas of Mumbai as a precautionary measure. Since June 1, Colaba has recorded 341 mm rainfall while Santacruz station has crossed 515 mm rainfall mark. We have got 540 mm in just two days.

Much of Mumbai's mangrove cover, which is extremely effective in helping to drain water, has been destroyed over the past decade to make way for glitzy high-rises.

The weathermen have stated that the entire north Konkan belt has been affected by weather system with areas like Dahanu recording 298.6 mm of rainfall in 24 hours. We are truly trying our best.

The India Meteorological Department has informed that the intense spells of rainfall are likely to continue in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, and Palghar for the next two hours.

Mumbai finally clocked its first spell of three-digit rainfall on Friday to the tune of 235 mm.

Several Mumbai-Pune trains were cancelled, some diverted and other long-distance trains hit at various locations en route as the CR made frantic efforts to restore normalcy.

Areas like Hindmata, Parel, Lalbaug, Senapati Bapat road were water-logged.

A citizen who uses the Western Express Highway regularly said a number of potholes on the road posed problems for commuters, adding that it exposed the poor quality of fix works done by the civic body.

Flights in and out of the city's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport were delayed by around 30 minutes, according to a spokesperson quoted in a Reuters report.

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Heavy rain brought a wall crashing down on shanties built on a hill slope in Malad, a western suburb of Mumbai, a fire brigade official said, killing 18 people.

Mr Udasi also said that as many as 500 officers and staff had been deployed to clear traffic.

Some trains including the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express have been regulated in view of safety, it said.

Heavy winds led to bamboo from nearby construction work falling on the tracks at Marine Lines.

"Trains will run in CSMT-Andheri-Goregaon section in harbour line".

Meanwhile, all lines on the Central Railway main line are operational now.

Mohammed Ayub Kazi, 30, was electrocuted inside his home in Shivajinagar in north-east Mumbai at around 11.45 pm last night. He was rushed to the Rajawadi Hospital where he was declared dead.

Residents tweeted videos and photographs of flooded roads.

Mumbai: Private weather forecaster Skymet has predicted Mumbai is at serious risk of flooding between July 3 and July 5.

The Western Railways has also released emergency helpdesk numbers for passengers in need.

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