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Waterlogged streets, delayed trains as heavy rains lash Mumbai city

Heavy rains continued to lash the city on Monday. Eastern and western suburbs faced heavy rainfall compared to the island city. The areas that received heavy rainfall were Borivali, Kandivali, Dahisar, Bhandup, Mulund, Kurla and others. While, areas like Sion, Matunga, Chembur, Powai, Milan subway, Bandra West, Goregaon, among others, were flooded.

A 18-year-old man drowned in a nulla and died in Malad. Two incidents of wall collapses were also reported, while a road had caved in near Gol mandir in Kalbadevi. On Monday, from 8am to 4pm, the island city had recorded 32mm rainfall, eastern suburbs reported 70 mm and western suburbs reported 48 mm rainfall.

Apart from this, the suburban section was also affected by rains. There were track circuit failures at 7-8 locations between Churchgate and Dahanu, like Santacruz, Bandra, Boisar, Malad, etc. This happens when waterlogging occurs over rail height and affects circuits. There were issues at Virar-Nallasopara as well due to waterlogging. By the end of the day, the WR had cancelled 60 trains and 100 were delayed by 10-15 minutes.

On the Central Railway, there was water logging at areas like Sion, Kurla, Thane in the morning. Due to this, 70 trains were cancelled, and the rest were delayed by 15 minutes. However, Sunil Udasi, chief PRO, claims: “Our services ran despite rains of over 200mm in 24 hours. The services get disturbed even if the rainfall is 70mm.”

Waterlogging at various places also resulted in slow traffic movement. The number of Uber and Ola plying on the roads were limited and were available at a higher than normal rate. In the morning hours, people complained that the autos and taxis were refusing to ply to the railway stations, complaining about waterlogging.

“The autos were simply refusing to ply to the stations, stating there jams,” said Suraj Parekh, an Andheri resident.

Due to waterlogging on WEH, EEH and various parts of Link Road, traffic was affected. The regular spots like Milan Subway, Andheri Subway, Kings Circle, Sion, Tilak Nagar, Kurla and other locations were badly affected.

According to flightradar24, an air traffic monitoring portal, 149 flights arriving to Mumbai airport were delayed, and 298 departing flights were delayed on Monday till 8.15 pm. However, according to officials from Mumbai airport, there were no cancellations of flights due to heavy rainfall.


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