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Mahad marooned, Nashik-Mumbai highway cut off

August 03, 2004 14:04 IST

Heavy rains continued to lash various parts of Maharashtra on Tuesday leading to flooding of rivers and overflowing of dams in Raigad district as well as disruption of traffic and power supply in Nashik.

The heavy rains also cut off the Nashik-Mumbai highway.

Mahad town in Raigad district was marooned due to flooding of Savitri river following incessant heavy rains since last night, while waters of Amba river inundated Nagothane town in the area, reports said.

The water level of Savitri rose to 10 feet above ground level, thereby flooding the entire town forcing people to ferry about in small boats.

A bridge, connecting Roha town and Damkhedi village, was also submerged in the floods while a state transport stand in Nagoathane was flooded with waters of Amba river. Buses were stopped at the Mumbai-Goa highway after the bus stand was submerged with water.

Mahad received 224 mm rainfall since yesterday.

Incessant rains continued to lash Nashik city and other parts of the district for the fourth consecutive day today, disrupting normal life and cutting off the Nashik-Pune and Mumbai-Agra National Highways.

Water level in the district's 21 major and medium dams registered an increase following rain in its catchment areas.

Power supply in the district was affected due to the downpour. People residing in hutments in Nasardi Bridge locality were shifted after their shanties were innundated.

Godavari river was also overflowing following the heavy rain. The water level in Gangapur and Darna dams touched 6143 mcft and 32796 mcft respectively.

Nashik city received 38 mm rain while Trimbakeshwar registered more than 200 mm rainfall. Pune recorded 56.8 mm, Aurangabad 12.9 mm, Solapur 13.8 mm, Ratnagiri 17.4 mm and Kolhapur 33.8 mm in the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Mumbai, which had been witnessing heavy rains since the past fortnight, received some respite since this morning.

The Colaba weather bureau recorded 82.9 mm of rainfall while the Santacruz bureau recorded 49.6 mm.

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