Mumbai weather: Heavy rain leads to waterlogging, local train services hit | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert indicating heavy to very heavy rains on Thursday in Mumbai, Thane and Palghar districts.
Heavy rainfall led to massive waterlogging, disruption of local train services and vehicular traffic across several locations in the city and its suburbs.
The heavy downpour has caused waterlogging in several parts of Mumbai including Malad-Jogeshwari, Eastern Freeway and Vile Parle-Bandra belt and Bhandup-Mulund belt, leading to traffic snarls. There was traffic congestion near Gandhi Market during morning peak hours as a container truck was stuck under the Kings Circle Rail bridge since midnight. Few southbound buses were diverted via Bhau Daji road to clear the traffic congestion.
Two lakes that supply water to Mumbai, namely Modak Sagar and Tansa, have started overflowing.
According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Mumbai city has received 74.29 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours ending 8 am on Thursday. The eastern suburbs recorded 71.46 mm and western suburbs recorded 60.17 mm of rainfall. The BMC suggests that the high tide will begin at 10.46 am and the waves will reach a height of 4.39 metres. Also, another high tide is expected at 10:38 pm with a height of 3.82 metres. A low tide of 1.89 metres is likely to occur at 4.46 pm on Thursday.
Train services were suspended temporarily between Chiplun and Kamathe stations on Konkan Railway after the water level of Vashishti river bridge in Ratnagiri region breached the danger level.
Train services on Kalyan – Kasara section resumed at 3 pm. Central Railways halted Mumbai local train service between Umbermali and Kasara. Heavy overnight rains in Mumbai and neighbouring areas led to flooding and washing out of some rail tracks in the Kasara Ghat and other areas and also caused mudslides and boulder crashes, severely affecting long-distance and local train services.
Train operations from Titwala to Igatpuri (in Nashik district adjoining Thane) and from Ambernath (Thane district) to Lonavala in neighbouring Pune district were suspended after tracks were washed out, boulders crashed, and inundation and mudslides occurred at multiple locations in the section due to the heavy overnight downpour.
The suburban train services of the Central Railway were being operated only up to Titwala and Ambernath stations in Thane district from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) in south Mumbai since Wednesday night, CR’s chief spokesperson Shivaji Sutar said.
Local train services on the Western Railway route were also affected due to track changing point failure at Churchgate in south Mumbai early Thursday morning, a spokesperson said. The problem was rectified around 7.30 am and since then, the services have been running normally. “Due to point failure between Churchgate and Marine Lines on up slow and down fast line at 6.12 am on July 22, suburban services of Western Railway got affected and were being diverted on other lines. At 7.07 am point got clamped and at 7.26 am it got put right. Presently, all services are running normal,” Western Railway’s Chief Public Relations Officer Sumit Thakur said.
Meanwhile, the weather department also predicted extremely heavy rain over parts of Raigad, Pune, Kolhapur, Satara, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg.
Due to late night heavy rains in Thane district, flood-like situations have arisen especially near riverside areas including Bhiwandi, Kalyan and Badlapur. Three rivers — Ulhas, Waldhuni and Kamwari — overflowed. Water entered the homes of people living near the river, forcing them to leave their homes and move to safer places nearby.
Tansa, Modak-Sagar lakes which supply water to city overflow
Modak Sagar and Tansa lakes which supply water to Mumbai city have started overflowing on Thursday.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) informed that Modak-Sagar lake started flowing at 3:24 am, while Tansa lake started flowing at 5:48 am on Thursday.
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IMD Colaba and Santacruz observatories have reported 1462.4 mm and 2001.4 mm rainfall respectively since June 1.
Fishermen are advised not to venture along and off the North and South Maharashtra-Goa coast till July 25.
The BMC has appealed to people to stay at home unless there is an emergency following incessant rain since Sunday.

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