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Schools shut, trains delayed as rains lash Mumbai

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Heavy rains in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra on Wednesday inundated several low-lying areas, leading to cancellation of some local trains, delayed flights and slow movement road traffic.

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The India Meteorological Department has predicted intense showers in Mumbai and some other areas of the state on Wednesday.

After a brief lull last week, rains resumed since Monday and with the south-west monsoon again getting activated, Mumbai and several other parts of the state witnessed heavy rains overnight and on Wednesday morning.


The heavy rains have made a comeback at a time when people across the state are celebrating the 10-day long Ganpati festival.

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In Mumbai and its suburbs, the heavy downpour since Tuesday night caused water-logging in low-lying areas, leading to cancellation of several local trains on the Central and Harbour railway lines and some sections of the Western line.

The Western Railway said the water level went above 300 mm at Nallasopara, in view of which trains were stopped temporarily between Vasai and Virar.

In the morning, rail services were also affected due to a ‘point failure’ at Virar, the Western Railway said.

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The Jaipur-Mumbai Duranto Express was stranded near Vaitarna station for over an hour due to flooding on tracks.

Some passengers of the train complained that the railways did not update them about the situation.

A Mumbai airport official said five incoming flights had to do go around while the flights were delayed by an average 25 minutes.

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Vehicular movement on roads in Mumbai and its suburbs was also slow due to flooding.

The suburbs received more showers as compared to south Mumbai in last 24 hours, an IMD official said.

Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray in a tweet said the city has witnessed the heaviest rainfall so far, with the total rainfall mark exceeding the whole of September in just about 30 hours”.

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the police were making all efforts to keep people safe, he said.

The Mithi river in the city was also flowing close to the danger mark, he said, adding that the National Disaster Response Force and other agencies were alerted.

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Following heavy rains in neighbouring Thane, collector Rajesh Narvekar asked the schools in the district to be closed for the day.

A 62-year-old man drowned in a flooded nullah (drain) at Naikpada in Bhiwandi area of Thane, district disaster control room officer Anita Jawanjal said.

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