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Rains lash Mumbai, several areas waterlogged, local train services affected

Rains lash Mumbai, several areas waterlogged, local train services affected

MeT department has predicted heavy rainfall in Mumbai and adjoining areas over the next few days.

Light to heavy rains after nearly a month-long dry spell brought relief from the sultry weather conditions even as suburban train services on western and central lines were hit due to the water-logging in some parts following incessant showers.

Local trains have been affected with 20 minute delays in western and central services. A tree fell disrupting traffic on the Western Express Highway. 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 10 between Kurla and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) after tracks got submerged between Sion and Kurla.

During the last 24 hours, Colaba in south Mumbai received 15.8 mm rainfall while Santacruz weather station recorded 61 mm downpour.

Next high tide is expected at 3:40 pm measuring 3.98 metres. Medium to heavy showers expected in the next 2 days. "We are having good to very good clouding at the offshores and expect good rainfall in next 48 hours," IMD Mumbai centre's director VK Rajiv said.

A 'point failure' reported at Bandra station resulted in cancellation of some local train services on the Western line and halting of services on two tracks. The trains were running late 15 to 20 minutes on the western line. "Efforts are on to restore the services," senior PRO Western Railway Gajanan Mahatpurkar said.

Between 8 pm and 7 am, the city has received 25.93 mm rain, eastern suburbs have received 37.11 mm rainfall while Western suburbs have received 40.95 mm rains.

Western down line between Palghar and Poisar has been shut. No train services will be operational on the line for 2 hours. Services from Bandra were also affected due to waterlogging but they have been brought back to normal.

first published:July 21, 2015, 10:46 IST