Heavy Downpour Affects Life in Mumbai: Delays Transport

Heavy overnight rains resulting in severe water logging in various parts of the city has affected normal life in Mumbai, badly disrupting road, rail and air traffic.

The heavy downpour, coupled with storms, since last evening led to traffic snarls at various places and causing suburban trains running late by 30-45 minutes due to water logging on the tracks.

According to the railways, central railway was running 30 to 45 minutes late while harbour line and Western lines are running 10 to 15 minutes late.

Many low lying areas as King’s circle, Sion, Andheri Milan subway, Hind Mata etc. were flooded with rainwater and the movement on western and eastern highways was badly affected, said traffic police.

Besides, visibility was reduced to 800 ft at the airport, said Mumbai International Airport Limited, delaying incoming flights by 15 minutes while departure of the flights was more or less on time.

The rainfall recorded till 5.30 am was 93.4 mm at Colaba in south Mumbai and 125.6 mm at Santa Cruz in western suburbs.

Water logging was also reported at Wadala truck terminus, Maratha Mandir, Khar-Andheri subways, Deonar colonies and some parts of Govandi. Several trees were also uprooted due to strong winds in the city.

The weather bureau said frequent spells of heavy to very heavy rains with strong winds will continue.

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