Heavy rains lash Mumbai,BMC issues ‘stay at home’ alert

Minimum temperature in Mumbai drops to of 22 degree C; Mumbai-Pune highway closed for traffic.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Mumbai | Published: July 24, 2013 11:17:11 am

Heavy rains lashed Mumbai,Konkan and other areas of Maharashtra on Wednesday,prompting the civic agency in the financial capital to advise people to stay at home and schools to shut as a precautionary measure.

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Rail and road traffic was also disrupted due to the heavy rains which have disrupted normal life in the metropolis.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) today advised people not to undertake travel in the city unless essential. The civic body has also asked schools to shut following heavy rains as a precautionary measure.

The Met department has predicted more heavy rains in Mumbai and other areas in the next 48 hours.

BMC said that in Mumbai,a high tide is expected this afternoon with forecast of 4.9 metre high waves.

Several low-lying areas in the city were inundated after the incessant heavy rains. Many private schools were shut and the authorities of some schools have also asked parents to collect those children,who had already left home for school.

Trains on Western,Central and Harbour lines were running late.

Till 8 am (since yesterday),Colaba recorded a rainfall of 158.6 mm and Santacruz 168 mm.

Meanwhile,a nearly one km-long stretch of Mumbra bypass on the outskirts of the city caved in this morning due to incessant rains and has been closed for vehicular traffic,police said.

“Due to heavy rains,around one km-long stretch of the Mumbra bypass has developed huge craters and has been badly damaged. As a precautionary measure,the traffic on either side of the road has been diverted,” a police officer said.

However,the closure of the bypass has led to traffic snarls in the internal parts of the city.

The Mumbra bypass on the National Highway 4 (Mumbai-Pune highway) is a crucial link to traffic from Delhi-Ahmedabad-Mumbai (NH3) and Agra-Nashik-Mumbai (NH8) going towards Panvel,Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT),Pune and beyond,and is mostly used by heavy vehicles.

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