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Four killed, commuters bear brunt of monsoon onslaught in Mumbai


Four killed, commuters bear brunt of monsoon onslaught in Mumbai

Pics: Rons Bantwal
Daijiworld Media Network - Mumbai

Mumbai, Jul 13 (IANS): At least four people, including two minors, were killed as heavy rains Friday lashed Mumbai and surrounding areas for the second consecutive day, throwing normal life out of gear, officials said.

Mumbai's lifeline, the suburban railways, which carry over eight million commuters daily, was badly hit with waterlogging on tracks. Peak-hour commuters were delayed.

Though the suburban trains were running late by around 30 minutes on the Western Railway (WR) and Central Railway (CR), the only dislocation of train services was on the Thane sector of the suburban section.

In the city, many low-lying areas, including railway lines, were water-logged or flooded, hampering movement of road and rail traffic.

However, the WR's long-distance services took a severe drubbing as incessant rains caused heavy flooding on railway lines in north Maharashtra and south Gujarat, officials said.

All train services on the WR's Mumbai-Ahmedabad and Mumbai-New Delhi sectors were badly hit due to floods in and around Valsad in south Gujarat.

This resulted in several cancellations, major delays or short termination of various important trains on these sectors, including the Flying Ranee, Karnavati Express, Double-Decker Express, August Kranti Rajdhani Express, Golden Temple Mail and others, a WR official said.

Valsad in south Gujarat was among the worst-hit with two-feet-deep water inside the station, preventing movement of local and long-distance trains.

In Mumbai, several low-lying areas remained submerged with up to knee-deep water in the city and suburbs; a similar situation was reported from several areas in neighbouring Thane, hitting vehicular movement badly.

By Friday evening 5 p.m., Mumbai city recorded 8.23 cm rains, eastern suburbs 8.33 cm and western suburbs 8.11 cm.

Weather Bureau Director V.K. Rajeev said that heavy rains are expected to continue lashing Mumbai, coastal Konkan and other parts of the state for the next two days.

Till date, Mumbai city has received nearly 55 percent and suburbs averaged 47 percent of the annual rainfall quota.

In a development that brought some cheer, Tulsi Lake, one of the smallest lakes supplying water to the city, started overflowing Friday.

The catchement in other lakes in Mumbai and Thane supplying water to the country's commercial capital received good rainfall, significantly increasing their water levels.

Elswhere in the state, heavy to very heavy rains were recorded in most districts, with the lion's share going to Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Raigad, Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur, Amravati and Nashik.

Many major and minor rivers and water reservoirs across the state were either overflowing or hovering around the danger levels, prompting local authorities to take precautionary measures.

Comment on this article

  • Deven, Pune

    Mon, Jul 15 2013

    I am sorry to say but people are just risking their lives by being out in the open. When such situations are there, they must stay put indoors especially we see women and children. It just takes one foot or one tyre to go into an open manhole and that is the end of it. Please keep yourself safe at all times during heavy rain. Do not send children to school and do not go to work.

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  • deekshith ch, mangalor

    Mon, Jul 15 2013

    BOLLA MARAYRE......... shaaaaaaaaaa ad the phots r reay gud

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  • Richard Crasta, Bajpe, Dubai

    Sat, Jul 13 2013

    beautiful natural pictures,good coverage.....keep it up Rons..

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  • Capt Walters, Mangalore / Fano, Italia, Airircraft carrier USS Valbrenta

    Sat, Jul 13 2013

    Dear Mr. Nayak,
    Nice to see you back.
    I always marveled at your comments.You seem to be an intelligent guy.
    Since we are a task force, we can only browse the internet only once a while.
    Be good to others! let GOD bless you and your family.
    Have a nice day

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  • nagesh nayak, bangalore

    Sat, Jul 13 2013

    THERE IS NO DEVELOPMENT UNDER ITALIAN LED CONGRESS GOVT.

    EVEN AFTER 60 YEARS OF INDEPENDNCE MUMBAI IS NOT ABLE TO SUSTAIN A SMALL RAINFALL.

    MUMBAI WILL BE FLOODED FOR A SMALL BOY URINATES.

    ALL TAX PAID MONEY ARE SPENT ON NON PRODUCTIVE PURPOSE.

    KARANTAKA WILL ALSO FACE SAME SINCE FUNDS ARE DISRIBITED TO WELFARE OF CHRISTAINS AND ONE RUPEE KG RICE.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Jul 13 2013

    NN, for a change talk sense....

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  • REA, MANGALORE

    Sat, Jul 13 2013

    BOLLU ENCHINA BOLLA MARAYRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • sarika, mangalore

    Sat, Jul 13 2013

    Rakeshanna its not gujarth its mumbai..

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  • Bollu, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 13 2013

    Akka..
    Once Gujarat and Mumbai..is one..!!

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  • Fazal , Nizwa/Oman

    Sat, Jul 13 2013

    Yes your modiji is noted this point same way he will be drown in 2014 election

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  • CYRIL MASCARENHAS, KIREM/MIRA ROAD/DUBAI

    Sat, Jul 13 2013

    WAHRE WAHA..GOOD RAIN IN BOMBAY..BOMBAY LOOK LIKE AREBIAN SEA..THIS YEAR THERE WONT BE ANY WATER SHORTAGE..THANK GOD..GOD IS GREAT..

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  • Sandy, dubai

    Sat, Jul 13 2013

    Rakesh now it is 2013, he is dreaming 2014.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Sat, Jul 13 2013

    Bollu
    Bollodu Romance Yenchina Karmanaa??
    Oondu 'Rim Jim' Gire Saawan' Atha...
    'Tip Tip Barsaa Pani' Atha...Gothaapuja??
    Oondu..Bolla Re Bolla Re'.....

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  • DINESH SHETTY, PADUBIDRI/DUBAI

    Sat, Jul 13 2013

    I MISS A LOT THIS MUMBAI RAIN.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Jul 13 2013

    TOMMY is scared of PUPPY..........

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  • Amin Bhoja, Patte / Riyadh

    Sat, Jul 13 2013

    Mumbai is like a story!! a narration a fiction a action and sometime it is watery!! but it is beautiful.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Sat, Jul 13 2013

    This misfortune should not have occurred. My heartfelt condolences to all the bereaved families. Let the political class wake up at least now and do some good work.

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  • Rakesh shetty, mangalore

    Sat, Jul 13 2013

    HOPE MODIJI NOTED THIS POINT.

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  • V D'Souza, Kanajar

    Sat, Jul 13 2013

    You mean he would be able to control rain as well. You are putting too much pressure on him man!

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  • Vicky, Manglore

    Sun, Jul 14 2013

    Modiji fans are now days going to pagal permi

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  • Bollu, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 13 2013

    Good Coverage by Rons..
    Whatever it may be mumbikars enjoying rain..no doubt..!!
    Alpa-Mulpa..love birds..in between trees..!!

    Pyaar hua, ikraar hua hai
    Pyaar se phir kyoon darrta hai dil..
    Kehta hai dil rasta mushkil
    Maaloom nahin hai kahan manzil...

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  • Stany Dsouza, Miyar / Mumbai

    Sat, Jul 13 2013

    Yes, beautiful pictures by Rons. Keep it up Rons.

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