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Downpour continues in Mumbai; roads flooded, trains delayed

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Last updated on: July 10, 2018 21:33 IST

Local train services were hit and water-logging on the roads caused traffic snarls for a second consecutive day in the financial capital.

IMAGE: People take cover under umbrellas as they wade through a waterlogged street during rains in Mumbai on Tuesday. Photograph: Mitesh Bhuvad/PTI Photo

Torrential rain continued to lash the metropolis and its neighbouring areas for the second day on Tuesday, disrupting railway services and badly affecting normal life.

Suburban services were suspended on a section of the Western Railway (Virar to Bhayandar) due to waterlogging on tracks and several long-distance and inter-city express trains were delayed or cancelled, officials said. 

IMAGE: People wade through water-logged streets after Mumbai continues to be lashed by heavy rain on Tuesday. Photograph: PTI Photo

The downpour flooded many roads and streets in low-lying areas of the city and its adjoining districts of Palghar and Thane. People at some places were seen wading through waist-deep water.

IMAGE: Cars had a tough time trying to move on the water-logged streets in central Mumbai. Photograph: Sahil Salvi/

The Tulsi lake -- a major source of water supply for the city and its suburbs -- overflowed due to the heavy showers.

Mumbai’s famous tiffin carriers dabbawalas, also suspended their services on Tuesday.

IMAGE: People wade through knee-high water. Photograph: Sahil Salvi/

The India Meteorological Department has predicted heavy to very heavy rain till Thursday.

The IMD’s Colaba observatory (for Mumbai) recorded 165.8 mm rainfall in the 24-hour period of 8.30 am on Monday till 8.30 am on Tuesday.

IMAGE: Central Railway trains experienced a 15-20 minute delay owing to the heavy rains. Photograph: Sahil Salvi/

The Santacruz observatory, which records rainfall for suburban Mumbai, reported 184.3 mm rainfall in the same period.

Since Tuesday night, over 200 mm rainfall has been recorded and this has led to waterlogging on rail tracks, a railway official said.

IMAGE: A suburban train wades through water-clogged railway tracks after heavy rainfall, in Nalasopara station. Photograph: PTI Photo

Keeping in view the safety of passengers, services on the fast track between Vasai and Virar in Palghar district and that of the air-conditioned local trains have been suspended till the water level on tracks recedes, he said.

“Services of AC local have been suspended today in view of very heavy rains & water logging at/around Nallasopara, till further information,” the Western Railway said in a tweet.

IMAGE: A man pushes his autorickshaw through a waterlogged underpass after heavy rains in Mumbai on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Francis Mascarenhas/Reuters

“Water very high from rail level at Nallasopara following heavy water accumulation in adjoining areas of tracks. Rail traffic suspended bet (sic) Vasai Road - Virar. Trains running between Churchgate & Vasai Road with delay,” the WR said in another tweet.

However, the slow track services were operational between Churchgate in south Mumbai and Virar. Trains were running late by 10 to 20 minutes, the railway official said, adding that pumps were being used to drain out water from tracks.

IMAGE: Flooded roads at Wadala in Mumbai on Tuesday morning. Photograph: ANI

In view of the flooding on rail tracks, the WR terminated and cancelled nine outstation trains, he said.

Arrangements were being made to provide snacks and water to passengers of the long-distance trains that were delayed or stopped at various stations, the official said.

The Central Railway’s local train services on its main and harbour lines were running late by 15 to 25 minutes, a CR official said.

Three inter-city express trains were also cancelled, he said.

IMAGE: Waterlogged tracks at Nallasopara station. Local train services from Vasai to Virar were suspended. Photograph: ANi

Meanwhile, dabbawalas suspended their tiffin delivery services due to the rough weather.

“We did not collect tiffins today because of the water-logging across the city. Our people were finding it hard to wade through knee-deep water on their bicycles,” Mumbai Dabbawalas’ Association’s spokesperson Subhash Talekar said.

IMAGE: A picture tweeted by Western Railways of the flooded tracks. Photograph: Courtesy @WesternRly/Twitter

A defence spokesperson said, “Our (Navy) rescue, diving and air teams are on standby. No assistance has been sought so far.”

There were reports of waterlogging form several areas, including Hindmata, Parel, King’s Circle, Dharavi, Kurla, Sion, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Mulund, Dadar and Borivili, a BMC disaster management unit official said.

“Vehicular movement was slow on the Western Express Highway. However, traffic movement on the Eastern Express Highway was normal,” he said.

WATCH: Tulsi Lake overflows as rains continue to lash Mumbai

Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport buses on 14 routes were diverted, a BEST spokesperson said.

Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde has asked school principals to decided if institutions need to be kept open on Tuesday.

“Instructed Deputy Director to ensure that schools in Thane and Palghar districts remain closed due to the erratic weather conditions.

IMAGE: This has been the most amount of rain the city has received in 24 hours. Photograph: Mitesh Bhuvad/PTI Photo

“In Mumbai, the principals of schools are instructed to take the call on school closure, gauging the waterlogging in the adjacent areas,” Tawde tweeted.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has asked people not to believe in rumours, doing rounds on the social media, of a cyclone approaching the city.

IMAGE: People wade through a waterlogged street during heavy rains in Mumbai. Photograph: Francis Mascarenhas/Reuters

Local trains, considered the lifeline of Mumbai, on Tuesday moved at a snail’s pace due to water-logging of the tracks, resulting in harrowing times for lakhs of office-goers and other commuters. 

A distance, usually covered in about an hour, took several hours, even up to five hours in some cases, as the rail tracks as well as roads were submerged. 

IMAGE: A car stuck on a flooded road at King Circle after the heavy downpour. Photograph: Shashank Parade/PTI Photo

This was the scene of the metropolis as it continued to be lashed by heavy rains for the fourth straight day.

“We have now become used to this,” said Ranvijay Singh Yadav while travelling from Navi Mumbai to Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus by a local train. 

On normal days, the daily commuter’s 39-km journey would take him about an hour.   

IMAGE: People grab the iron grills of a road divider for support as a bus moves through a flooded road after heavy downpour, at King Circle in Mumbai. Photograph: Shashank Parade/PTI Photo

Devendra Masurkar, a daily commuter whose travel from Thane to CSMT by a local train normally takes him 40 minutes, on Tuesday reached his destination after three-and-a-half hours. 

He said many office-goers, who got a train after waiting for hours, returned home midway as the locomotive was moving at a very slow pace and they felt they would be reaching their offices only in the afternoon.    

IMAGE: A car stuck on a flooded road at King Circle. Photograph: Shashank Parade/PTI Photo

“Some of them ate their lunch inside the train and returned home,” said Masurkar who did not give up, even though he reached office late.     

“We face such the same situation every year but nobody seems to care,” he added. 

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