Heavy rains lash Mumbai: Three killed due to electrocution; three others injured in Dadar wall collapse
After a delay of several days, the first spell of heavy rains lashed Mumbai and its outskirts on Friday morning.
IMD has predicted moderate rainfall with a few spells of heavy showers in the financial capital in the next 24 hours.
Three people died due to electrocution caused by short circuit as a result of heavy rains.
Suburban train services, considered Mumbai's lifeline, were running late by 10 to 15 minutes.
After a delay of several days, the first spell of heavy rains lashed Mumbai and its outskirts on Friday morning, slowing down road and rail traffic.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted moderate rainfall with a few spells of heavy showers in the financial capital in the next 24 hours.
According to SkymetWeather, three died due to electrocution caused by short circuit as a result of heavy rains. Nine cases of short circuit have been reported so far.
ANI further reported that three were injured after a wall collapsed in Meenatai flower market in Dadar. The injured have been admitted to a hospital.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in five hours, its weather station recorded an average rainfall of 43.23 mm in the island city, 64.14 mm in eastern suburbs and 78.21 mm in western suburbs.
The civic body said the flow of road traffic had been reported to be slow, while suburban services of the Central and Western Railways were running behind schedule.
"The city has recorded moderate rainfall in the last few hours. So far, no untoward incident or major waterlogging has been reported at the Disaster Management Cell," a senior civic official said.
Meanwhile, heavy showers brought cheers to civic officials, who said they will help in improving stock in reservoirs supplying water to the metropolis.
Since monsoon has been playing truant, the civic administration has been forced to use reserve stock of water from its lakes to fulfil the needs of Mumbaikars.
Suburban train services, considered Mumbai's lifeline, were running late by 10 to 15 minutes, said the officer.
According to a BMC spokesperson, due to the ongoing metro rail work and waterlogging at some places, a few buses of civic transport undertaking BEST were diverted from their regular routes.
A heavy traffic jam affected the movement of vehicles on the Mulund-Sion stretch of the Eastern Express Highway, he said, adding the BMC had to close a busy subway in suburban Andheri due to waterlogging.
The Thane railway station witnessed waterlogging on tracks and the local civic administration has been alerted about it by the Central Railway (CR).
"Water entered on tracks from the city area. The TMC (Thane Municipal Corporation) has been informed. The TMC is sending officials to check and do the needful. Our officers are there to help," CR chief spokesperson Sunil Udasi said.
The Western Railway in a statement said several teams of officials along with RPF jawans have been deployed at different locations to ensure smooth operation of trains.
"Tracks and signals are working well without any failure. Train operation is normal. Today we received a few mail express trains late at Surat from Vadodara due to heavy rains in Vadodara division," said the statement.
Currently, roads and the low-lying areas are inundated with water especially, Kukatpally and Nalas in Vanasthalipuram have overflowed due to heavy rains.
Three days of incessant rains have left a trail of death and devastation in the state killing 52 people, damaging roads, bridges and railway tracks besides destroying standing crop.
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The heavy rainfall has wreaked havoc in the state with authorities halting the Badrinath Char Dham Yatra till the situation improves