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Rain floods 70 villages in Konkan region

Aug 10, 2008 07:32 PM IST India India

Mumbai: Maharashtra's Konkan region was lashed by very heavy rainfall all through Saturday night, leaving several areas flooded and nearly 70 villages cut off.

Villages were flooded as it had been raining since15 hours in the region of Konkan leaving places such as Lonavala, Chiplun, Rajapur, Khed and Mahad leading to severe water logging.

Many neighbouring villages have been under 1-2 feet of water due to the rains. And communication has been lost with nearly 70 villages. According to the Met Department the region has received 1266 mm of rainfall.

Rains also affected both road and rail traffic between Mumbai and Pune with many trains being either cancelled or diverted.

The trains that have been cancelled are, Deccan Queen, Indrayni Express, Deccan Express, Intercity Express, Pragati Express, Sinhgad Express.

And the trains that have been diverted are, Udyan Express and Mumbai-Nagarkol Express.

Six trains between Mumbai and Pune have been cancelled due to a boulder that is obstructing the tracks at Lonavla.

"I've been waiting for three and a half hours and now I don't know how to get to Mumbai," says a distraught passenger.

Gates of Mulshi dam near Pune have been opened and 30,000 Cu secs of water have been released. An alert has been issued in Pimpri and Sangvi and it's only going to get worse.

"There is a low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal. Very heavy rainfall is expected in Orrissa and Uttarnchal and Andhra Pradesh. Extremely heavy rainfall is expected in Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha," says the director of India Meteorologial Department, Dr Medha Khole.

No human casualties have been reported yet but people in low lying areas have been advised to move to safer places.