Mumbai, July 10 News24 Bureau: It is pouring problems for Mumbaikars from the sky, virtually. Come Monssons and the problems of the residents of Mumbai and its suburbs multiply manifold. It's the fourth day today and there is no sign of any respite for the Mumbaikars. Here are the 10 developments:
1. All road and rail traffic have been disrupted as heavy rains continued to batter Mumbai, its surrounding areas and large parts of Maharashtra for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday.
2. Mumbai's lifeline, the Western Railway (WR) and Central Railway (CR) suburban trains, were running late by 15-20 minutes due to waterlogged tracks, causing major delays to the morning commuters.
3. WR services on the critical Vasai-Virar sector were cancelled. Services operated only between Churchgate and Vasai.
4. Several inbound or outbound long-distance trains were either cancelled, terminated en route or diverted on the Mumbai-Gujarat and Mumbai-New Delhi sectors.
5. According to the IMD, Mumbai recorded 165.8 mm rains so far this morning whereas the suburbs received 184.3 mm. More rains were forecast for the next couple of days.
6. In the past 21 days, the city has received nearly 60 per cent of its average seasonal total rains, said the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
7. Areas like Dahisar, Borivali, Malad, Jogeshwari, Andheri, Santacruz, Mahim, Kurla, Parel, Dadar, Chembur, King Circle, Sion, Wadala, Masjid Bunder, Ghatkopar, Powai, Bhandup, and others experienced heavy waterlogging, impeding traffic and pedestrian movement.
8. Massive traffic snarls were witnessed on the Eastern Express Highway, Western Express Highway and the Eastern Freeway.
9. WR spokesman G. Mahapurkar said food packets and water was distributed to thousands of stranded passengers at various stations on the network and efforts were on to restore services after the waters receded.
10. All schools and colleges remained closed as a precautionary measure. Education Minister Vinod Tawde on Tuesday advised all school and college principals to monitor the rainfall position in their areas.
Teams of NDRF, SDRF, Fire Brigades and other agencies were on high alert in Mumbai and all other districts to tackle any emergency.