The roof of the iconic DY Patil cricket stadium in Navi Mumbai was damaged in strong winds as heavy rains lashed Mumbai and neighbouring areas on Wednesday.
Part of the stadium’s roof and façade was blown away, the visuals of which were captured by bystanders. Photos of the damaged outer railing of the stadium too are being shared on social media.
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Rains also lashed Pune, Satara and Kolhapur districts in western Maharashtra. Water-logging was reported in low-lying areas of Chembur, Parel, Hindmata, Wadala and other areas of Mumbai.
The railway authorities suspended the suburban train operations between CSMT-Vashi stations on the Harbour line,CSMT-Kurla on the Main line and also between Churchgate and Kurla due to water-logging on tracks around Masjid Bunder, Kurla, Sion, Marine Line and other stations.
Taking stock of the situation, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had asked people to stay indoors and venture out only for essential work.
Thackeray had asked Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to coordinate with the police and railway authorities, health machinery and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to ensure that citizens do not face any hardships.
A statement issued by the chief minister’s office (CMO) also said that Thackeray directed the authorities to monitor the situation arising out of disruption of power supply, uprooting of trees and water-logging as a result of heavy rains.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority(MMRDA) officials were asked to ensure that there is no accident at the ongoing work at Metro Rail sites, it said. Heavy rains lashed parts of Mumbai and neighbouring
Thane and Palghar districts on Wednesday, affecting some local train and bus services due to water-logging on rail tracks and roads.
(With PTI Inputs)