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Heavy Rains hit Mumbai, Goa and Eastern Maharashtra

Aug 12, 2008 05:27 PM IST India India

Mumbai: Monsoon fury continues to unleash itself over the Konkan region of Maharashtra and Goa. It's now been raining for over 48 hours in several areas.

Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Khed and Rajapur districts continue to be flooded as the rivers in the region are overflowing due to which communication medium is still cut off in 45 villages.

In Pune, some bridges had to be closed for traffic as the Mula-Mutha rivers were overflowing. The city has received over 33 mm of rain on Tuesday and the floodgates of some dams have been lifted to release over 1000 cusecs of water.

Six Pune -Mumbai intercity trains were cancelled for the second day consecutively. However, other long distance services have resumed, they've been diverted via Daud.

The traffic on the Mumbai Pune Expressway is slow due to landslides in Khandala.

In Mumbai, A7 Air services were affected after the heavy rain damaged one runway. Flights have been delayed by 30 - 40 minutes. The suburban railway network was only affected temporarily, with trains running 15-20 minutes late for a few hours.

Meanwhile, heavy rains also lashed Goa and areas of Bicholim and Sakhali have been inundated. Several people have been evacuated from these areas. Some rainfall was also witnessed in drought ridden Vidarbha too. And though that may come as some relief to the farmers in Vidarbha, it's a completely different story in eastern Maharashtra. However, the Met department does not forecast a relief from rains for the next 24 hours.