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Mumbai Rains highlights: Uddhav Thackeray takes stock of floods in Ratnagiri, Raigad; Centre assures all possible help

Mumbai Rains: Mumbai has received 1993.9 mm of rainfall, which is 90 per cent of the average rainfall (2,205 mm) on Wednesday. The city usually receives rainfall of this amount during the monsoon every year.

By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
Updated: July 23, 2021 3:53:03 pm
Monsoon is likely to remain “vigorous” over the state, said IMD. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Mumbai Rains Live Updates: Maharashtra Chief Minister held an emergency meeting to take stock of the flood situation in the Ratnagiri and Raigad districts. He has directed the Disaster Management units and concerned departments to stay alert and start rescue operations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also assured all possible help from Centre to mitigate the situation.

IMD has placed Raigad and Ratnagiri on red alert with chances of extremely heavy rain at isolated places on Thursday. Marathwada is very likely to receive widespread rainfall during the next one to two days.

Breaking an all time record of highest 24 hour rainfall in July, Mahabaleshwar recorded 480 mm rain with 24 hours ending at 8.30am on Thursday. Before this, the highest 24 hour rainfall was recorded on July 7, 1977 at 439.8 mm.

Meanwhile, in Mumbai at least 34 long-distance trains have been cancelled, 26 diverted and 34 short-terminated after the tracks got damaged due to landslides in certain sections.

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Mahabaleshwar breaks 24 hour rain record; heavy rains in Mumbai, local services affected, long-distance trains cancelled. Follow Live updates

21:36 (IST)22 Jul 2021
Assured all possible support from the Centre to mitigate situation in Maharashtra: PM Modi

"Spoke to Maharashtra CM Shri Uddhav Thackeray and discussed the situation in parts of Maharashtra in the wake of heavy rainfall and flooding. Assured all possible support from the Centre to mitigate the situation. Praying for everyone’s safety and well-being," said PM Modi

19:54 (IST)22 Jul 2021
Pune: Water released from Khadakwasla dam, residents of low-lying areas urged to remain alert

With incessant rain filling the Khadakwasla dam to the brink, the release of water in the Mutha river has begun and the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has alerted residents living in low-lying areas close to the river.

“The storage in Khadakwasla dam was 88.52 per cent till 3 pm due to incessant rain for the last two days in the catchment area. The extremely heavy rain continues so 2,466 cusec water is being released in Mutha river and it is likely to be increased as per the situation,” read a press communication of the Irrigation Department. Read more.

18:58 (IST)22 Jul 2021
At least three dead as rains batter Palghar, Thane

At least three people have been reported dead in rain-related incidents in the Palghar district of Mahrashtra, officials told PTI. In separate incidents, Rama Thackeray (53), a resident of Dumadpada-Kunje in Vikramgad tehsil, and Darshana Dileep Dhutkar (50), resident of Sare Embur in Palghar tehsil, were washed away in flooded streams. Gautam Shirish Dhanwa (18), resident of Maswan, died of electric shock, the Palghar District Collector Dr Manik Gursal said.

In Thane city, the body of Jeevan Owhal (36), who had fallen into a swollen stream on July 17, was found in Vitawa creek, an official said. Several houses, bridged and roads were also damaged in the flooding, leaving people stranded.

18:36 (IST)22 Jul 2021
More photos: Train services affected in Maharashtra due to heavy rainfall

Train services in many areas of Maharashtra, including Mumbai and Nashik, have been affected due to water-logging and accumulation of mud. Several passengers were left stranded as restoration works began. 33 trains have been diverted, 51 short terminated and 48 cancelled because of heavy rainfall in Mumbai, the Central Railways said.

18:25 (IST)22 Jul 2021
6,000 passengers stranded as train services hit in Konkan

Nearly 6,000 passengers were stranded as train services on the Konkan Railway route in Maharashtra's Ratnagiri district were suspended on Thursday after a river overflowed following heavy rains, PTI reported. Officials have said so far, nine trains have been  either rerouted, short-terminated or cancelled on the Konkan Railway route.

The rail and road traffic has been severaly hit in several parts of the state, including Mumbai.

The heavy rains disrupted train services of Central Railway in Mumbai, suspending several local and long-distance trains due to waterlogging. Restoration work had been started by Thursday morning. (Express Photo)
17:55 (IST)22 Jul 2021
NDRF teams reach Kolhapur for rescue operations

Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have reached Kohlapur for rescue operations amid the heavy flooding and rainfall. One team has been deployed to the Karveer tehsil and another to Shirol. 

17:36 (IST)22 Jul 2021
Pune: Landslides, localised flooding and damage to crops after heavy rains

Incessant heavy rains in various parts of Pune district since the early hours of Wednesday have resulted in landslides leading to the closure of roads, localised flooding and damages to paddy crop at some places, Pune district administration and rural police have said. There has been no death reported due to rain-related incidents.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for Pune district for tomorrow (July 22). The rain may relent in a couple of days as medium to heavy and sporadic rainfall has been predicted across the district for July 23 and 24 respectively. Read more.

17:14 (IST)22 Jul 2021
Major rivers in Konkan region flowing above the danger mark, three drown

In a review meet of the flood situation in Maharashtra, the chief minister noted that major rivers in Ratnagiri district, including Jagbudi, Vashishti, Kodavali, Shastri, Bav are flowing above the danger level. In the neighbouring Raigad district, rivers including Kundalika, Amba, Savitri, Patalganga, Gadhi, Ulhas rivers are also flowing above danger level, the CMO said.

Meanwhile, PTI reported that a five-year-old girl and two others drowned after the Savitri and Ulhas rivers overflowed in the Mahad town and Karjat taluka, respectively.

16:57 (IST)22 Jul 2021
Indian Navy to join rescue operations in Ratnagiri, Chiplun

Indian Navy teams will leave for the Konkan region, shortly, to join rescue operations in Ratnagiri, Chiplun and other areas of Konkan which are seeing heavy flooding, ANI reported.

Electricity and communication lines have been snapped, bridges in and around Chiplun are flooded, making it difficult to get in touch with local residents. (Express Photo)
16:43 (IST)22 Jul 2021
Lakes supplying water to Mumbai overflowing: BMC

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has said that the Modak-Sagar and Tansa lakes, which supply water to Mumbai, started overflowing early morning Thursday. "Two gates of Modak-Sagar lake and one gate of Tansa lake have been opened," the BMC ws quoted as saying by BMC. Out of the seven lakes supplying water to Mumbai, four lakes have started flowing completely this rainy season, the civic body said.

16:17 (IST)22 Jul 2021
IMD predicts thunderstorms, moderate rainfall for East Vidarbha

The IMD has forecast that thunderstorms with lightning and light to moderate rainfall are very likely at many places in East Vidarbha on Thursday, an official was quoted as saying by PTI.

In its latest update, the weather department has warned that thunderstorms with lightning and light to moderate rainfall are very likely at many places in Nagpur (Katol, Ramtek), Wardha (Hinganghat), Chandrapur and Amravati divisions during the day. Isolated places in Akola, Bhandara, Yavatmal (Pusad) and Gadchiroli districts of Vidarbha are also likely to witness rainfall.

16:06 (IST)22 Jul 2021
Massive flooding in Chiplun as Vashishti river overflows; hundreds stranded

The massive flooding caused by incessant rain since last night has left hundreds of residents stranded at Chiplun city in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district. The Vashishti river, the lifeline of the city, is flowing above the danger mark, district officials said.

The water levels rose to eight to ten feet submerging the first floors of many houses. The state government has rushed two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) along with rescue boats as Chiplun has been cut off from its adjoining cities. Read more.

Chiplun bus stand flooded due to torrential rain. (Express Photo)
Flooded houses in Chiplun (Express Photo)
16:04 (IST)22 Jul 2021
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray holds emergency meeting to take stock of floods

Maharashtra Chief Minister held an emergency meeting to take stock of the flood situation in the Ratnagiri and Raigad districts. He has directed the Disaster Management units and concerned departments to stay alert and start recue operations, ANI reported.

14:56 (IST)22 Jul 2021
Maharashtra rains fury: 6,000 passengers stranded as train services disrupted on Konkan Railway route

Nearly 6,000 passengers were stranded as train services on the Konkan Railway route in Maharashtra's Ratnagiri district were suspended on Thursday after a river overflowed following heavy rains in the area, officials said.
       
So far, nine trains have been regulated due to disruption of services on the route, they said.
       
Regulating trains means they have been either rerouted, short-terminated or cancelled.
       
Konkan Railway officals said these trains were at safe locations on different stations and the passengers in them were also safe and they were being provided food and water.
                
"In view of the safety of passengers, train services in this section are suspended temporarily," he said.
        
According to rail officials, 5,500-6,000 passengers were stranded in trains which were regulated at various stations on the Konkan Railway route. (PTI)

14:25 (IST)22 Jul 2021
Waterlogging in Thane due to heavy rains, people rescued

Thane is facing severe waterlogging and with the help of  NDRF team rescue is being carried out. No casuality has been reported yet from Bhiwandi in Thane. 



13:49 (IST)22 Jul 2021
Landslides, waterlogging bring trains to a halt in Mumbai

The heavy rains from Wednesday night disrupted train services of Central Railway in Mumbai, suspending several local and long-distance trains due to waterlogging and accumulation of mud and stones on the tracks. Authorities arranged buses for stranded passengers at two stations.

At least 34 long-distance trains have been cancelled, 26 diverted and 34 short-terminated after the tracks got damaged due to landslides in certain sections.

Central Railway CPRO Shivaji Sutar said, “Three trains are stranded at Kasara railway station. Helpdesk for stranded passengers, bus arrangements, continuous announcements, catering wherever possible is being done. Buses have been arranged for passengers of long-distance trains at Kasara and Badlapur.” Read more

13:29 (IST)22 Jul 2021
NDRF deploys nine rescue teams in Maha after heavy rains

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed nine rescue teams in Maharashtra, including four in Mumbai, after heavy rains caused flooding in some coastal areas of the state on Thursday.
          
Mumbai, its neighbouring Thane and Palghar and other districts in the Konkan region have been witnessing heavy downpour since the last few days, leading to inundation at several places and disruption of rail and road transport services.          

Water level of many rivers has risen and crossed the danger mark at some places.
        
An official statement issued by the NDRF said four of its teams have been deployed in Mumbai, and one each in Thane and Palghar districts.
      
One team will reach Chiplun town in Ratnagiri district by late afternoon.
        
Besides, two teams have been sent to Kolhapur district. One of it will undertake rescue or preventive evacuation in the flood-prone Shirol tehsil, while the other one will conduct rescue work in Kolhapur city, the NDRF said. (PTI)

13:02 (IST)22 Jul 2021
Central Railway in the Kasara Ghat severely affected 

On July 19, train services on the route were suspended for a day due to seepage of water in the Old Goa tunnel near Panaji.
        
The Konkan Railway has a 756-km-long track from Roha near Mumbai to Thokur, located close to Mangaluru.
        
The route, spread across three states- Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka - is one of the challenging terrains, as it consists of many rivers, gorges and mountains.
        
On Thursday, train services of the Central Railway in the Kasara Ghat section of Maharashtra's Thane district and near Lonavala hill town in Pune district adjoining Mumbai were also severely affected after heavy rains caused flooding, washing out of tracks, boulder crashes and mudslides in that region, officials said. (PTI)

12:31 (IST)22 Jul 2021
Konkan railways suspended train services temporarily due to heavy rainfall

The Konkan Railways suspended train services temporarily due to heavy rains resulting into rise in water level of Vashishiti river between Chiplun and Kamthe station in Ratnagiri. Trains were regulated at following stations:

# Train No 01134 Mangaluru Junction  - Mumbai CSMT Special dated July 21 is regulated  at Kamthe  station from 5:17 am.

# Train No. 02617 Ernakulam - H. Nizamuddin Daily Special dated July 21 is regulated at Sangameshwar Road station from 7:36 am.

# Train No. 04695 Kochuveli - Amritsar Weekly Special dated July 21 is regulated at Ratnagiri station from 7:17 am.

# Train No. 06346 Thiruvananthapuram Central - Lokmanya Tilak (T) dated July 21 is regulated at Vilavade station from 8:06 am.
 
# Train No. 06072 Tirunelveli - Dadar Special dated July 21 is regulated at Rajapur Rd. station from 8:24 am

# Train No.06001 Thiruvananthapuram Central  - H. Nizamuddin Special dated July 21 departed Verna station at 9:06 am.

# Train No. 01114 Madgaon - Mumbai CSMT ‘Mandovi’ Special dated Julyu 22 departed Majorda station at 09:08 am. Train No. 01003 Dadar - Sawantwadi Rd. Special dated July 22 is regulated at Chiplun station from 6:14 am.
 
# Train No. 01151 Mumbai CSMT - Madgaon ‘Janshatabdi’ Special dated July 22 is regulated at Khed  station  from 9:07 am.

12:12 (IST)22 Jul 2021
IMD red alert in Ratnagiri, Raigad, Pune, Kolhapur & Satara; warns of landslides

The India Meteorological Department issued a red warning for Ratnagiri, Raigad, Pune, Kolhapur and Satara districts on Thursday, predicting extremely heavy rain in the areas.

The ghat areas of these districts have been warned against possible landslides and mudslides following incessant rains.

Rains have continued to batter Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra where some areas have recorded over 1,000 mm of rainfall in the last one week resulting in severe flooding and overflowing of rivers. Read more 

Monsoon in Mumbai has caused several building collapses and waterlogged roads. There were six incidents of wall collapses and 21 tree falls in the city. Areas such as, Chembur, Sion and parts of Andheri have been flooded. Navi Mumbai, Palghar and Thane experiences heavy downpours on Wednesday causing serious waterlogging in low-lying areas.

If the rain continues for the rest of the month, the city could record its wettest July ever — in 2014 the maximum rain for the month was recorded at 1,468.5 mm. In 2005, when the Mumbai floods had followed and the city recorded 944 mm rain in just 24 hours, the month had received a total of 1,454.5 mm showers.

This year, irrecspective of heavy rainfall in early June, rainfall in catchment areas of the lakes was very low. Of the seven, Tulsi and Vihar overflowed on July 16 and 18.

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