Rain-related accidents claim four lives in Mumbai and Konkan
Local train services took a hit and flights were delayed for the second day as Mumbai and parts of Maharashtra continued to reel under a heavy spell of rain on Monday.
Operations along the Central and Harbour railway lines were suspended till late morning, but overall the trains were running at slow speed, throwing life out of gear.
Water-logging at various places led to traffic snarls, making commuting a nightmare for the Mumbaikars. Many remained at their homes.
Six flights, two arrivals and four departures, were cancelled following the incident of a plane skidding in Kochi. While visibility was normal, flights were delayed by 10 minutes, a Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd. spokesperson said.
Rain-related accidents claimed four lives here and Konkan on Monday. One person died and two were injured in a landslip at Haji Ali here. A 55-year-old woman in Sindhudurg district lost her life when a portion of a wall collapsed on her. Two more persons died in a wall collapse at Rabale in Navi Mumbai.
Between 8.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m., southern Mumbai received 31.4 mm of rainfall and the suburbs 12.2 mm.
Incessant showers damaged 35 houses across the State. Many cattle also died in heavy downpour.
Shahapur, Mahad, Pune and Jalgaon experienced heavy rainfall. The State Irrigation department began releasing water from dams.
The fire brigade successfully evacuated 33 people trapped in flood waters at Palghar, Thane.
‘Situation not serious'
“The situation is not that serious,” Srinivas Rao, joint secretary, Mantralay control, told The Hindu.
Four lakes, namely Tulsi, Modak, Vihar and Tansa, have been overflowing since August 18.