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Rains lash Mumbai, adjoining areas; rail services delayed

LiveMint logoLiveMint 01-07-2017 PTI

Mumbai: After a brief spell of drizzle in the last two days, heavy rains lashed the city and adjoining areas on Saturday morning affecting the suburban rail services on both the routes of the central railway (CR).

According to an official in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) disaster management control room, despite incessant rains there have been no reports of any untoward incident in the metropolis in the last 24 hours. Though heavy rains resulted in water logging in few areas of Sion and Hindmata area in Dadar in the city, it did not affect vehicular traffic majorly, they said.

However, local trains on harbour and central line of CR were running late on Saturday morning. Central railway PRO A.K. Singh said, “Suburban services on central railway are running late by 10 minutes. But since locals are running on regular intervals, no major inconvenience was caused to the commuters.”

In the last 24 hours, suburban Mumbai and adjoining areas received more rainfall than the island city. “Between 8.30am yesterday to 8.30am today, weather stations at Colaba and Santacruz observatory recorded 7mm and 93.2mm rainfall respectively,” officials said.

Another official from the civic body said the city has received average rainfall this month, easing water woes. He said that the stock in seven reservoirs which supplies water to the city has touched their highest level this time as compared to the last three years. “It means that catchment areas have received decent rainfall over the last few days,” he said, adding that the water stock in lakes were 4.5 lakh million litre on 30 June this year, while it was 1.09 lakh million litre in 2016 and 3.5 lakh million litre in 2015, respectively.

Meanwhile, few Mumbaikars enjoyed the weekend rain and took to social media to express their joy. While some of them posted pictures of greenery around them, some went ahead with pictures of morning cups of hot tea and coffee in the lovely weather.

Kavya Daga, a budding singer tweeted, “#Mumbai has its own way of making you fall in love with #monsoon #baarish #Rain.” “Happieee day with Mom and Monsoon and the Marine drive .Enjoying the #MumbaiRains,” said another tweet.

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