Heavy rain lashed Mumbai and parts of Maharashtra throughout Monday affecting life in the financial capital. Heavy showers are predicted by the meteorological office during the next 24 hours in the city and the suburbs.
Authorities said Colaba recorded a rainfall of 79.2 mm, while Santacruz recorded 148.9 mm. Heavy showers were witnessed in the drought-prone Marathwada region, including Beed, Osmanabad and Latur.
The local railway, Mumbai’s lifeline, was thrown out of gear with hundreds of hapless commuters being marooned on railway platforms and stationary trains.
Trains along the western, central and harbour lines were delayed by 15 to 20 minutes due to water-logging in the tracks at several places. There was water-logging at Sion, Matunga, Kurla, Byculla and Sandhurst Road due to which local trains on the central line were delayed by half-an-hour, a Central Railway spokesperson said. Flooding in Bandra delayed trains on the western line by 20 minutes.
“The delay began after 8 p.m. The services will get back to normal. It is taking some time for the trains to function normally owing to bunching,” a Western Railway spokesperson said.
In the suburb of Chunabhatti, the extension of a hut collapsed injuring four persons. There were no casualties. Several low-lying areas in the island city and its suburbs were flooded casing traffic jams in the suburbs of Malad, Kandivli, Jogeshwari, Andheri and Santacruz. A high alert was sounded for heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra.