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Mumbai: Trains, road traffic hit, flights delayed as it rains in torrents

Owing to the havoc caused by rains, School in the neighbouring districts of Thane and Palghar remained closed on Tuesday.

Mumbai: Flooding due to torrential rains continued to interrupt the daily lives of Mumbaikars on Tuesday as it stalled trains and slowed traffic to crawl in the affected areas.

While a few trains were cancelled, others were running late by 10 to 15 minutes due to water-logged tracks after heavy overnight rain.

Owing to the havoc caused by rains, schools in the neighbouring districts of Thane and Palghar remained closed on Tuesday.

As the weather department predicted more rain, the city’s lunch box carriers, the ‘Dabbawallahs’, halted their services for today.

On Monday, Mumbai received five times the average rainfall for this season. The Met department has predicted heavy to very heavy rain till Thursday. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the Navy, the Disaster Management Cell and other departments are working on dealing with the situation.

Here are top updates about Mumbai rains:

  • As per Western Railways, Suburban trains between Vasai and Virar near Mumbai have been suspended due to water-logging on tracks. While local train services between south Mumbai’s busy Churchgate station and Vasai are delayed, services between Churchgate and Borivali, as per officials is normal. The Central Railway’s suburban services are running normally at all its corridors despite the heavy rain overnight.
  • A photo shared by Western Railways showed that the rail tracks in Nallasopara on the outskirts of Mumbai were completely submerged in water. As the per officials, the water level rose to 460, which stopped the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express at Nallasopara station and its power was cut off as a precautionary step.
  • School principals in Mumbai have been asked to assess the situation in their areas and take a call on closure of schools, Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde tweeted.
  • Mumbai Dabbawalas Association’s spokesperson Subhash Talekar said, “We did not collect the tiffins today, because of the water-logging across the city. Our people find hard to wade through their cycle in knee-deep water.”
  • The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel headed to Vasai with boats to rescue stranded residents while a green corridor was created to assist the team.
  • As per reports, several parts of the city this morning witnessed heavy rain along with strong winds. The weather department on Tuesday morning predicted heavy rainfalls in parts of Greater Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar till Friday.
  • Jet Airways has issued the information that a delay of 30-minute could be expected for all flights arriving to and departing Mumbai till 3 pm. It has waived penalty fee today for date and flight changes for travellers who’ve booked their tickets to and from Mumbai.
  • Reappearance of potholes on several roads of Mumbai could be spotted which has put commuters, especially those on motorbikes, at risk. Areas like Hill Road in Bandra have developed gigantic potholes, raising questions about the amount of money spent on pre-monsoon repairs.
  • Between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm on Monday, the Colaba observatory recorded a rainfall of 104.8 mm. The city received 54% of its average monsoon season rainfall just in the last 20 day, the city’s civic body noted.
  • Private weather foresting agency Skymet said the rainfall may cross 150 mm in the next 24 hours.
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