Heavy rains paralyse Mumbai; BMC issues alert
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Last Updated: Monday, August 29, 2011, 13:22
  
Mumbai: Normal life was thrown out of gear and train services disrupted as heavy rains lashed the city for the third consecutive day Monday, following which the civic body issued a high tide alert.

"Train services on Central Railway and Harbour line are closed for sometime. We are continuously monitoring the situation. Once the water recedes on tracks, we will start the services," Central Railway PRO AK Singh said.

Water-logging has been reported from several areas and all BMC-run schools have been closed.

"A tide measuring 4.63 metre will hit the coast soon. Any tide above 4.50 metre is a high tide," an official from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.

"Several hutments near the Mithi river have been evacuated," civic officials said after water level rose to 4.2 metre. 33 people from a resort in Palghar were evacuated by the Mumbai Fire Brigade.

According to the Met Department, Colaba recorded 178.6 mm rainfall and Santacruz 232.6 mm since 8.30 am yesterday. The weather bureau has forecast more showers.

Rains have also affected air traffic. "Visibility is normal but flights are delayed by 10 minutes. Due to Kochi airport closure two arrivals and four departures of that sector have been cancelled," a MIAL spokesperson said.

PTI


First Published: Monday, August 29, 2011, 10:01


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