For the fifth consecutive day, Mumbai continued to receive heavy to moderate rains. The rains have battered the financial capital since Saturday night leading to landslides, waterlogged roads, and railway tracks. The intensity of the rain has been coming down. However, the city is still under red alert with the Indian Meteorological Department predicting moderate to heavy rains. The water-logged railway tracks have disrupted train services.
A flood-like situation has arisen especially near riverside areas in the Thane district. Ulhas river, Waldhuni, and Kamwari river are overflowing. Hundreds of houses, situated near these rivers were submerged, forcing thousands to leave their homes and move to safer places.
According to railway officials, some long-distance trains were held up at various locations and special buses were being arranged for the stranded train passengers.
The suburban train services of the Central Railway were being operated only up to Titwala and Ambernath stations in neighbouring 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 were running normal.
As per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the island city area of Mumbai recorded 68.72 mm of rain, eastern suburbs 58.75 mm, and western suburbs 58.24 mm of rain in 10 hours since 8 on Wednesday morning. The intensity of rainfall dipped in the afternoon but increased again at night, it said.
There is an off-shore trough running between Maharashtra and Karnataka, which generally carries moisture-laden westerly winds from the Arabian Sea to land, which has led to heavy rains in the region, a met official said.
(With agency inputs)