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Heavy Rains Cripple Normal Life In Mumbai

PTI 30 Aug 2011, 11:04:20 IST

Mumbai, Aug 29 : Heavy downpour since Sunday evening crippled life in this metropolis on Monday disrupting rail and road traffic.
Several localities in Mumbai - Sion, Kurla, Matunga, Hind Mata - have been waterlogged since last night and train services on both Central Railway and Harbour line have been disrupted.
Trains are running upto Thane on Central line and upto Manpur on Harbour line.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has ordered all schools in lowlying areas to be closed in view of waterlogging.
A couple died and their son was injured when the wall of a house collapsed in Rawale area in Navi Mumbai due to heavy rains.
Rainwater flooded railway tracks in Kurla, Sion and Chunabhatti disrupting train services.
Heavy rains continued to lash the metropolis for the third consecutive day today, disrupting rail and air traffic, besides causing a minor landslide.

Trains on Central line were running late by at least 20-25 minutes, while traffic on Western line by at least 15 minutes, officials said.

Road traffic was slow but there were no snarls on any of the arterial routes. However, air traffic was disrupted some time this morning on account of the incessant rains that resulted in poor visibility, they said.

Complaints of water logging were reported from areas like Hindmata, Andheri, Vile Parle, Borivali, Kandivali, Malad, Dharavi, among other. No incidents of house and wall collapse were reported, officials said.

Heavy showers triggered a landslide in Vikhroli area in suburban Mumbai, civic officials said.

The weather bureau has forecast continuous rains, accompanied by strong gusty winds in some areas.