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August 05, 2004 12:43 IST
Last Updated: August 05, 2004 14:48 IST
Rains continued to lash Maharashtra on Thursday, affecting rail and road services, even as a teenager was killed and a woman injured in separate rain-related incidents in the city.
Rail services continued to be affected following the downpour, with nearly nine trains, scheduled to leave the city today, being cancelled by the Central Railway.
These trains were Mumbai-Bhusaval Express, Mumbai-Howrah Gitanjali Express, Tapovan Express, Dadar-Gorakhpur Express, Bhagalpur Express, LTT-Varanasi Ratnagiri Express, Kamyani Express, Godan Express and Manmad-Godavari Express, railway sources said.
Local trains on the Central Railway section were also delayed by over 15 minutes, sources added.
The Eastern Railway cancelled one long distance train due to heavy floods in Western India while resuming three others to the Northeast after the situation improved there.
2321 Up Howrah-Mumbai Mail (via Allahabad) scheduled to leave Howrah at 10:00 pm tonight has been cancelled due to floods, ER sources said.
Meanwhile, 5959 Up/5960 Dn Kamrup Express and 4055/4056 Bramhaputra Mail have resumed running upto Dibrugarh Town.
Similarly, 5929 Up Chennai-Dibrugarh Express scheduled to arrive at Guwahati on August 8 will run up to Dibrugarh Town and its down train will originate from Dibrugarh Town from August 8, the sources added.
An 18-year-old drowned last evening when he went for a swim in Mitha river at Saki Naka in Northeast Mumbai, while a woman sustained minor injuries today when the balcony of a building collapsed at Vakola.
Reports of trees being uprooted were also reported from various parts of the metropolis.
Two of the four lanes on Mumbai-Pune Express Highway, that had been blocked due to landslide, have become
operational while the Kasara Ghat had also been cleared for traffic.
However, traffic was moving at a slow speed on this section. The Mumbai-Ahmedabad and Mumbai-Goa highways have been operational since yesterday, traffic control sources said.
In Nashik, water of river Godavari was overflowing at Sankheda and Chandori villages, from where 52 families were shifted to safer places.
However, the water level of the river has receded as rain has subsided in the city and other parts of the district since last evening, Collector of Nasik, Mahesh Zagder said, adding he has asked officials to take stock of the losses due to flood.
Life, which was totally disrupted due to rains, has started limping back to normalcy while Central Railway traffic between Igatpuri and Nashik Road was still affected due to landslide.
Work was on to remove debris, railway sources told PTI. Rail traffic was likely to be restored tomorrow.
Railway sources said Mumbai-bound Manmad-Panchavati Express and Sevagram Express were also cancelled and other trains were diverted via Manmad-Daund-Pune.
However, vehicular traffic on Mumbai-Agra National Highway was restored yesterday.
In Jalgaon, people risiding on the bank of river Girna and Tapi were alerted as the rivers were in spate and level of various dams have increased, police said today.
Meanwhile, widespread rainfall was received all over Nagpur region as the city recorded 59.1 mm in the past 24 hours, according to MeT office here.
The city has received 535 mm of rains since June 1, 2004, which is just 10 mm short of average rainfall, the sources added.