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Heavy rain disrupts train, air traffic in Mumbai

People with umbrellas wade through a street filled with rain water in Mumbai on Sunday.
People with umbrellas wade through a street filled with rain water in Mumbai on Sunday. — PTI

Mumbai, August 28
Heavy rain continued to lash the city for the second consecutive day today, disrupting rail and air traffic and causing inconvenience to commuters.

According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's Disaster Management Cell, the city recorded 57.6 mm of rain, eastern suburbs received 36.6 mm while western suburbs recorded 32.2 mm of rainfall from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm.

Trains on the central line are running late by at least 20-25 minutes while traffic on the western line is late 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 for a while this morning on account of the incessant rains that resulted in poor visibility.

“Due to persistent rain and visibility dropping drastically below 450m, flight operations at the international airport were suspended twice for about 20 minutes. This resulted in two go-around of flights which landed safely later. All operations are presently normal," a Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) spokesperson said.

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

Heavy rains triggered a landslide in Vikhroli area in suburban Mumbai, civic officials said, adding, "A landslide occurred at 8.30 am at Siddharth Nagar. However, no injuries have been reported." Over 10 incidents of tree collapse were reported, they said.— PTI





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