New Delhi, Jul 11: Incessant rains continued to lash Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra. At least two persons were killed in rain-related accidents in Maharashtra’s Palghar while road, rail traffic and flights were severely hit. Local trains, considered the lifeline of Mumbai, are moving at the restricted speed due to water-logging of the tracks.
Around 2,000 passengers of two Mumbai-bound long-distance trains that got stuck between Nallasopara and Vasai stations of Western Railway on Tuesday due to water-logging of tracks had a harrowing time before they were rescued in a joint operation by the NDRF and police.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rains for Thursday. Mumbai has been put on a high alert. On Tuesday Mumbai recorded 165.8 mm rains whereas the suburbs received 184.3 mm. plus 46 mm till this afternoon. More rains were forecast for the next couple of days.
In the past 21 days, the city had received over 60 per cent of its average seasonal total rains, said the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
At least 15 areas, including Dahisar, Borivali, Malad, Jogeshwari, Andheri, Santacruz, Mahim, Kurla, Parel, Dadar, Chembur, King Circle, Sion, Wadala, Masjid Bunder, Ghatkopar, Powai, Bhandup, Mankhurd were heavily waterlogged, impeding traffic and pedestrian movement.
On Tuesday, Dabbawalas suspended their tiffin box delivery services due to water logging in many areas. Massive traffic snarls were witnessed on the Eastern Express Highway, Western Express Highway and the Eastern Freeway all over the city.
Besides Mumbai, the adjoining districts of Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) like Thane, Palghar and Raigad also got heavy rains.
The worst-hit were Vasai, Nala Sopara, Virar, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath, Badlapur, and many villages and towns where thousands of homes were flooded or waterlogged with knee-deep waters.