Heavy Rain Lashes Mumbai; Train And Flight Services Affected:
After three weeks, on Tuesday, the heaviest rains hit in Mumbai in July which create disturb in suburban train services, blocking roads and delaying flights in the financial capital. In many areas, difficult to move from one place to another by the transportation services are stopped due to heavy rain in Mumbai.
The starting of the rain from Monday night and which was continued between 8:30 am and 12 pm on Tuesday, the suburbs received 31.4 mm and south Mumbai received 11.3mm, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Between 8.30pm on Monday and 8.30am on Tuesday, Santacruz recorded 61mm while Colaba recorded 15.8mm of rain.
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Mumbai has been put on high alert with a high tide of 3.98meters expected at 3:50pm as rainfall continued to lash the city. If heavy rainfall continues during the time period, citizens need to brace up for more woes.
KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, IMD said, “The upper-air circulation over Gujarat and Rajasthan is responsible for the downpour. Heavy rain is expected over north Konkan and Gujarat. We expect the same to continue for the next 24 to 48 hours in Mumbai.”
In the Palghar district adjoining neighbouring Thane, schools were shut due to heavy rains since Monday evening, officials said.
Major roads, including LBS Road, SV Road and Link Road were heavily affected by waterlogging, the traffic police said.
Some express trains of Western Railway were cancelled due to water-logging while local train services of Central Railway were suspended for a short while between Kurla and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) after tracks were submerged between Sion and Kurla. The heavy rains have affected the suburban train operations since morning.
At the airport, similar conditions were seen with several flights were forced to abort landing at the last minute as the airstrip visibility fell amid heavy showers even as officials said low visibility could force further diversions.
A senior ATC official said,”We are trying to avoid diversions. But flights running low of fuel cannot be made to hold above the airport for too long.”
The Meteorological Department has predicted heavy to large rainfall in Mumbai over the next 24 hours will be seen.
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