Mumbai: Heavy rain in suburbs hits traffic

Heavy rainfall in the catchment areas increased water level in the lakes and the total quantity of water at 14.36 lakh million litres has almost reached full capacity.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:September 21, 2016 12:53 am
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Mumbai,  especially the suburbs, received heavy rainfall throughout Tuesday, causing traffic snarls in various areas. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning of heavy rainfall for Wednesday in the city and the suburbs.

According to the IMD, between 8 am and 8 pm on Tuesday, the weather station at Colaba received 25 mm of rainfall while the one in Santacruz recorded a rainfall of 111.2 mm.

Heavy rainfall in the catchment areas increased water level in the lakes and the total quantity of water at 14.36 lakh million litres has almost reached full capacity.

The heavy rainfall resulted in three cases of partial house collapse in the eastern suburbs. Around 12:39 am on Tuesday, a section of a chawl collapsed on the adjacent chawl, damaging three houses and injuring two residents in Vikhroli. Manoj Kumar Jadhav (32) and Sachin Aodhke (30), who sustained minor injuries, were rescued by firemen and taken to Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Hospital in Vikhroli East.

Three cases of short circuit were reported, one each in the city zone, eastern and western suburbs. Three incidents of tree falling were also reported in the western suburbs.

Services of Central Railway were delayed by at least 15 to 20 minutes in the evening peak hours. Western Railway services also remained behind schedule.

In the suburbs, the Western Express Highway was choked on several stretches between Bandra and Kandivli in the northbound direction. According to the traffic police, vehicular movement reduced to a crawl at the Dahisar Check Naka too.

In central Mumbai, there was heavy traffic on the Tulsi Pipe Road between Dadar and Mahalaxmi, with a near-standstill in the evening. Rains also affected traffic heading towards Chembur from the Five Gardens locality in Dadar. By late evening, traffic had still not eased at Crawford Market, the traffic police said.

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