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Rain unabated in suburbs,2 killed

Rain continued to lash Mumbai for the third consecutive day on Saturday with the city outskirts facing most of its ire as Vasai,Virar,Kalyan,Mira Road,Bhayandar and Thane saw heavy showers for most part of the day.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
July 31, 2011 12:27:42 am

Rain continued to lash Mumbai for the third consecutive day on Saturday with the city outskirts facing most of its ire as Vasai,Virar,Kalyan,Mira Road,Bhayandar and Thane saw heavy showers for most part of the day.

Santacruz received 67.6 mm rainfall between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm on Saturday while Colaba remained relatively dry with 18.6 mm rainfall. Kandivali received 127 mm of rainfall in just 20 hours while Mankhurd received 128 mm in the same period.

In a rain-related incident,Thane resident Mangesh Babburao drowned near Chenna Bridge on the Thane-Ghodhbunder Road around 5.30 pm on Friday. Babburao,31,who was partying with his friends,was under the influence of alcohol when he and one of his friends Abhijeet decided to take a dip in the water. The flooded river swept away Babburao and his friend. A third friend who had jumped into the water to save them was rescued by villagers.

“We found Babburao’s body around 11 pm. The search for the other victim is still on. The rescue operation was on till 2 am on Friday and began again at 7 am on Saturday,but we haven’t found the body,“ said Dilip Ranavde,sub station officer,Mira Bhayander Fire Brigade,on Saturday evening. The search will continue till late in the night,he added.

In another incident,a six-year-old girl lost her life after she slipped and fell into a sewer near her house in Ramnagar in Ghatkopar (West) on Friday. The girl’s body was recovered from near the main sewer. “Neha Rai had slipped and fell into the sewer. Her body was found later,” police said.

According to the Met department,the rains are expected to continue for another one or two days.

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