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Rains halt Mumbai, 2 killed, rail commuters hit hard

PTI 19 Jun 2015, 20:44:01 PM IST

Mumbai:  Heavy rains pummelled Mumbai and its suburbs in which two persons died of electrocution and bringing normal life to a grinding halt today with several areas waterlogged and local train services cancelled leaving thousands of commuters stranded.

As civic authorities described the rainfall in the country's financial capital as“unprecedented”, they said 283 mm of rain, which is normally received in 10 days, was witnessed in just 24 hours.

Mithi river is around the danger mark, according to Yuva Sena Chief Aditya Thackeray.
Educational institutions were shut and government and private offices reported thin attendance. The Bombay High Court and other courts were also shut.

“The city has witnessed unprecedented rainfall in the last 24 hours, more than that the city usually receives in 10 days.
Mumbai witnessed 283 mm of rain in 24 hours,” the city's Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta told reporters.  “Of the total annual average rainfall Mumbai witnesses, 10 percent of it has been received in 24 hours, which usually takes 10 days,” he added.

There seems to be no let up in the situation with the Meteorological Department predicting heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours.

According to an official of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) disaster management unit, a five-year-old boy and a 60-year-old woman died of electrocution in Wadala in central Mumbai.