Mumbai, Sep 4 (): Roads and rails came to a standstill in Mumbai and adjoining Thane on Monday due to heavy rain that lashed the city since early on Sunday, disrupting vehicular traffic at many places. Trains were running late this evening in the metropolitan city causing hard ship to the people especially school children and working women.
Tansa dam, considered to be the main dam from which Mumbai received water started overflowing from today afternoon, said the BMC officials. The most affected was the low lying areas, which were saturated, leading to traffic halt in the city and suburbs that included Malad, Kandivli, Jogeshwari, Andheri and Santacruz.
However the Suburban train services on the Western Railway, Central Railway and harbour line were not affected and train services were reported to be as usual with some minor delay. In Thane area places like Vasai, Virar, Palghar, Dahanu and Kalyan were flooded heavily.
People were requested to stay in their home by the traffic police as busy areas like Hindmata, Parel, Sion, Wadala and Dadar in Central Mumbai and Andheri Subway, Jogeshwari, Airport road in Western Mumbai were completely affected and minor landslide were also reported from some areas like Chembur.
Ambulance and fire brigade were round the clock running in order to avoid any untoward incident. Flights and trains were delayed by 15-20 minutes till evening at the airport and railway stations. This was reported to be one of the heaviest rainfalls received by the city. A total of 110 water pumps have been deployed in order to drain the water from roads that have been flooded due to the heavy pouring. A 70-year-old man died after being electrocuted in eastern suburbs, said the officials.
Marathwada region, including Beed, Osmanabad and Latur were also reported to be affected by heavy rains, said an official. some schools declared holiday in the morning owing to the heavy rain.