Heavy rains continue in Mumbai

Sep 04, 2012, 14:07 IST | Urvashi Seth

Torrential rain continued to lash Mumbai and the rest of Maharashtra for the second day Tuesday, disrupting road and rail traffic.

The weather officials have forecast heavy spells of rain in some parts of the city while some will witness frequent rainfalls.

Mumbai's lifeline, the suburban trains, were hit badly due to water logging on railway tracks in several parts of the city, an official said.
The Central railway is running late by almost 40 minutes. However, the crowd at the railway stations is comparatively low.

Water logging on railway tracks in Dombivili (Pic by Meghnad Godbole)

Western railway is running late by 15 minutes. The delay is observed more beyond Andheri station due to fog.
Following a signal failure near Kalyan in Thane district, train services were affected between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Kasara (Thane) and Karjat (Raigad) on the Central Railway.

Various low-lying areas in the city and suburbs were waterlogged, slowing down vehicular movement

According to the IMD officials the heavy spells in the city has brought down the maximum and minimum temperature to 27 degree Celsius and 25 degree Celsius respectively. 

"Heavy rains that has lashed the city are a result of the cyclonic phenomenon building over Maharashtra and Gujarat border over the past week. Therefore since Monday we are witnessing heavy spell of rainfall in the city," said an IMD official.
Several low-lying areas in the city and suburbs were either waterlogged or flooded, delaying vehicular movement and creating massive traffic snarls on national highways and other major roads during the morning peak hours.
Waterlogging was reported from parts of Dahisar, Kandivli, Malad, Andheri, Santacruz, Bhandup, Jogeshwari, Sion, Byculla while some areas in Dadar, Worli, Goregaon and Kurla experienced flooding.
The weather department has forecast "heavy to very heavy rains" over the coastal districts of Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Ratnagiri and heavy rains in northern Maharashtra, Marathwada and other parts during the next two days.
Elsewhere in the state, most districts of the coastal Konkan, eastern districts of Vidarbha, northern parts of the state, Marathwada and western Maharashtra continued to receive good rains, bringing cheer to the water-starved farming community.

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