Mumbai Rains: Heavy showers on 26 July cause traffic jam, waterlogging and tree collapses

Updated: Jul 27, 2019, 11:36 IST | A correspondent

According to IMD, rainfall recorded in 24 hours from July 26, 2019; 08.30 hrs to July 27, 2019, 08.30 hrs in Colaba was 90 mm, while Santacruz recorded 219 mm

Mumbai Rains: Heavy showers on 26 July cause traffic jam, waterlogging and tree collapses
Mumbai Rains saw traffic jams on Western Express Highway, JVLR, Eastern Express Highway and Navi Mumbai. Pic/Anand Sarpate

Mumbai city on Friday continued to witness heavy showers for the third day in a row. The Indian Meteorological Department's forecast has predicted 'spells of rain with heavy falls at isolated places' in the city and suburbs for the next 48 hours. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s disaster cell received complaints of waterlogging from low-lying areas towards the evening on Friday.

According to IMD, rainfall recorded in 24 hours from July 26, 2019; 08.30 hrs to July 27, 2019, 08.30 hrs in Colaba was 90 mm, while Santacruz recorded 219 mm of rainfall in the same period.

The good news was that the three days of consistent rain got the Tansa and Modak Sagar lakes overflowing by Friday. Four out of the seven lakes that supply water to the city received an average of about 100 mm rainfall on Friday. The water stock in Mumbai's lakes stood at 64.14 per cent (9,28,326 million litres) as of Friday.

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While Modak Sagar began overflowing around 5.20 pm on Friday evening, Tansa reached its capacity two days ago. This is the third lake to overflow this month, with Tulsi lake being the first. According to the hydraulic department, Middle Vaitarna is likely to overflow next, as its water level stood at 82.63 per cent on Thursday.

Central Railway suspended train operations beyond Kalyan to Ambernath on Friday night over waterlogging issues.

BEST, too, saw diversions on Sion Road No 24, Gandhi Market, Motilal Nagar Post Office, Veera Desai Road and SV Road near National College, Bandra. Most places in the city also experienced major traffic jams, especially the Western Express Highway and the Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR). There was waterlogging and very slow-moving traffic on SCLR near the stretch where it runs parallel to harbour line. The civic body’s disaster cell received complaints of 17 tree/branch collapses and seven short circuit complaints through Friday.

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In South Mumbai, part of a wall of the seven-storey Khakkar Building at CP tank road collapsed. The incident was reported at around 8.40 pm. No one was injured in the incident.

Also massive jam at the turn at Mankhurd off the Eastern Express Highway because of the spillover.

There were traffic jams across BKC, which was also submerged underwater. People had to wait in their vehicles for almost for thirty to forty minutes to cross BKC to Trade Wing building, as the road was narrowed from a three-lane to two-lane due to ongoing flyover work. SCLR too faced huge traffic jam and people had to be in their vehicles for about forty-five minutes to reach the Chheda Nagar signal.

Similar traffic issues were witnessed at Mankhurd and Mandala towards Navi Mumbai.

While traffic was smooth on the Palm Beach road, traffic was blocked on the Sion-Panvel highway after Nerul, where huge containers and heavy vehicles were slow-moving
It took over three hours to reach Kharghar.

Mumbai Rains: Heavy showers continue to lash city and suburbs
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    Mumbai was lashed by rains on Friday but the impact was nowhere close to the monsoon fury of July 26, 2005, when the city received 944 mm rainfall in a single day. Pic/Atul Kamble

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    The heavy downpour exactly 14 years later caused water-logging and traffic snarls in several parts of Mumbai and also led to flight delays.

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    Intense spells of rain are likely to continue in the districts of Thane, Raigad and Mumbai during next four hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said

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    Fourteen years ago on this date, Mumbai was battered by heavy rainfall, which caused havoc across the city, claiming many lives, and leaving the city paralysed. These memories were revived by many on social media.

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    As the downpour revived the memories of the much greater monsoon fury the city had witnessed on July 26, 2005, there were delays of on average more than one hour in airport operations

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    Intense spells of rain are likely to continue in the districts of Thane, Raigad and Mumbai, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had said earlier in the day.

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    Mumbai Police requested people not to venture in waterlogged areas and to maintain distance from the sea

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    "City is expecting intermittent heavy showers all through the night. We request commuters to not venture in water-logged areas and also request you all to maintain distance from the sea. Please tweet to us or call on 100 in any emergency/need of help," said Mumbai Police. Pic/Anand Sarpate

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    NDRF teams on way to rescue passengers from Mahalaxmi Express stuck between Vangni and Badlapur as water has started entering compartments. Pic/Rajendra Aklekar

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    Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said rainfall intensity is "very likely" to increase over North Konkan during next 48 hours. Pic/Sadaguru Pandit

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    Railway officials had also stated that the major flooding in the city occurred due to heavy rainfall along with the Ulhas river overflow which resulted in waterlogging at Ambernath. Pic/ Atul Kamble

    In Pic: Waterlogging at Gandhi Market, King's Circle

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    In pic: Waterlogging at King's Circle. Pic/ Atul Kamble

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    Consistent rain for 3 days had Tansa and Modak Sagar lakes overflowing by Friday. Out of the 7 lakes, the four that supply water had an average rainfall of 100 mm. Meanwhile, water stock in the city lakes was at 64.14 per cent (9,28,326 million litres) as of Friday. Pic/ Atul Kamble

    In pic: People walk through waterlogged roads in Sion on July 27

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    South Mumbai witnessed a wall collapse, while major traffic jams were at Western Express Highway, JVLR, BKC and Mankhurd. Pic/ Atul Kamble

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    700 passengers aboard the Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express were stranded as heavy rainfall continued in Mumbai on July 27. The train was held up between Vangani and Badlapur, which is 100 kilometres away from Mumbai since 3 am. Pic/ Diwakar Sharma

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    Rescue operations being carried out at the Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express on July 27. Pic/ Diwakar Sharma

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