Finally, some rain
Heavy rains lashed the city last evening, resulting in waterlogging and major traffic jams. Waterlogging complaints were received from Hindmata, Dadar TT, Wadala, Chembur, Sion and Kurla. Around 15 incidents of falling trees were reported to the BMC in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the catchment areas from where the city receives 3,350 million litres of drinking water every day are still dry. The June rainfall in these areas was much lower than average and led to a 10 per cent water cut in the city as a precautionary measure. The cut has been initiated from July 1.
Yesterday’s rains also saw the city experience blackouts at several places in central Mumbai. Incidences of power cuts happened at around 8.10 pm at Sion, Mahim, Vikhroli, Shivaji Park and some areas near Churchgate. It was restored within 15 to 20 minutes.
There was power tripping after the Trombay-Vikhroli power line suffered issues. “A hoarding fell on this line because of which it tripped. It was soon rectified and power was restored,” said a Tata Power spokesperson. A BEST spokesperson said that there was some problem with the grid of Tata power at Kalva, owing to which power supply was affected at Sion and areas of Pratiksha Nagar. It was soon restored.
Bad weather even affected flight services. No flights were operated for at least 35 minutes between 7.55 pm and 20.30 pm due to strong tail wind and poor visibility. Over eight flights were diverted, while the average flight delay was more than 20 minutes. Service resumed at 8.32 pm.