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Heavy rainfall lashes Mumbai as monsoon marks its entry, rail-road traffic affected

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Heavy rainfall lashed Mumbai and its suburbs on Wednesday morning after the monsoon reached the maximum city a day in advance. The rainfall resulted in flooded roads and the closure of subways causing hardships for the city’s residents. Local bus and train services were also affected.

According to Mumbai Met chief Jayanta Sarkar, the monsoon arrived in Mumbai on Wednesday. The southwest monsoon is advancing rapidly following a delayed onset in Kerala on June 3.

As of Wednesday, monsoon has advanced into the entire Konkan area and most parts of interior Maharashtra, and some parts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The northern limit of monsoon is passing through Balsar, Malegaon, Nagpur, Bhadrachalam, Tuni and Bagdogra.

A low-pressure area has formed in the north Bay of Bengal and it is likely to intensify from Thursday that will further boost the advancement of monsoon in the country.

Rainfall in Mumbai

Mumbai’s Colaba observatory recorded 77 mm of rain in 24 hours ending 8.30 am. Around 60 mm of rain was recorded in Santacruz in the same period.

According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Mumbai and its suburbs (eastern and western) recorded 48.49 mm, 66.99 mm and 48.99 mm rain, respectively, in 24 hours ending 8 am.

Belapur recorded 168 mm of rain (152 mm in the past six hours), Chembur and Mumbai Central recorded 125 mm and 112 mm, respectively. Worli and Malvani recorded 105 mm each, with Kandivali, Borivali, Mumbra, Powai and Juhu receiving between 71 and 94 mm.

Waterlogging across city

After just a few hours of rainfall waterlogging has been reported from several low-lying areas in Mumbai, including the Gandhi Market area of King Circle, from Sion and the Milan subway in Vile Parle.

Visuals from the Milan subway showed people driving two-wheelers through knee-deep water. The Andheri subway is closed due to severe waterlogging.

Local train services have been largely unaffected so far, although services from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) to Kurla have been suspended since 9.50 am due to waterlogging and heavy rainfall and waterlogging between Sion and Kurla. The CSMT-Thane service has been suspended from 10.20 am for the same reason.

Waterlogging near the Chunabhatti Railway Station on the Harbour Line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway network led to the suspension of the CMST-Vashi service from 10.20 am. A Central Railway spokesperson said services would resume once water levels recede.

 

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