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Heavy rains disrupt Mumbai life

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Heavy rains lashed and its neighbouring areas today, flooding streets and badly affecting life in the city where nearly 90 on the were cancelled.

A 43-year-old woman riding a motorcycle as a pillion was crushed by a bus after the two-wheeler hit a water-logged pothole in adjoining district of

Around 300 people were stuck in their homes in Vasai town of the adjoining district due to waterlogging in the area.

However, they refused to be evacuated even as the water level receded.

The residents preferred to stay in their homes instead of relocating to some temporary shelter in response to the district administration's appeal for evacuation, a district information said.

Some of them accepted given by the administration, he said.

"We have kept an ambulance near their homes as a precautionary measure," the said.

The rainfall of 170 mm (recorded in for the city) from 8.30 am yesterday morning till 8.30 am today was the highest in a 24-hour period during the current monsoon season, Metereological department's deputy K S Hosalikar said.

From 8.30 am to 5.30 pm today, the recorded a rainfall of 104.8 mm.

The Santacruz observatory, which records rainfall for suburban Mumbai, reported the downpour of 122 mm during the 24-hour period from 8.30 am yesterday and 75 mm from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm today.

The rainfall slowed down the pace of the financail capital, which is heavily dependent on local

Though the intensity of showers receded as the day progressed, it took longer time for the city traffic to revert to its pace.

The rainfall caused traffic jams as many roads and streets in the metropolis were flooded and people were seen wading through knee-deep water.

As many as 87 local services on the Central and Western Railway were cancelled today due to the heavy rains, said officials.

Vehicles on many roads were seen crawling because of the rainfall and low visibility. Potholes compounded the problem.

Schools and colleges in were shut today while the said examinations will be rescheduled for students who could not appear for it today.

There was heavy water-logging in Mumbai's central areas of Kurla, Sion and Dadar. Mira Road (in adjoining district), and Nallasopara and Vasai (in district) were largely affected due to the heavy showers.

of the Central Railway and Western Railway were slightly delayed due to water-logging on rail tracks in some places, officials said.

Some long-distance trains to and northern states were halted at Borivali as tracks near Nallasopara and Virar were submerged. The trains left after a delay of about one hour, a of the Western Railway said.

Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses were slightly delayed, but no service was cancelled or suspended, a BEST said.

The city's neighbouring areas got even more rains, and roads were submerged.

Visibility at the was "not very good" but flights were operating according to schedule, an MeT official said, adding no warning has been issued for the aviation sector so far.

The meteorological department has forecast more heavy rains in Mumbai till tomorrow.

Hosalikar said the intensity of rains in the city's neighbouring districts of Palghar, Raigad and some parts in the south Konkan region was even more "vigorous" with these areas receiving 200 mm rainfall since yesterday.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 21:45 IST