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FLOODING EVERYWHERE IN MUMBAI WITH ONLY 35MM OF RAINFALL

floodingHeavy showers in the past two days affected road, rail and air traffic in Mumbai, even as the Monsoon continued to elude other parts of the state and catchment areas of the reservoirs supplying water to the city. Wednesday’s showers hit suburban train service on all the three main routes in the city due to water logging of tracks in some areas and signal failure. Poor visibility affected air traffic, delaying several flights. Several low-lying areas in central Mumbai, including Parel, Kala Chowki, Wadala and Mahim, had kneedeep water, which disrupted road traffic. Rainwater spilled over to railway tracks at Parel, Wadala, Byculla and Curry Road, bringing trains to a halt at several points. The showers, though not as intense as the incessant spells witnessed during the previous monsoon, still managed to throw Mumbai somewhat out of gear. Ironically, Mumbaikars were struggling with water logging at a time when lack of rains in catchment areas has forced the civic body to enforce a 30% cut in drinking water supply to the city. Water levels at the reservoirs supplying water to Mumbai stood at 26% of their capacity as on July 7.

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