Mumbai/Thane: Even as Mumbai is yet to return to normalcy, incessant rains have wrecked havoc in Thane district, cutting of several areas, leaving over 10,000 people marooned.
After overnight rains, normal life was thrown out of gear in many parts of Mumbai with streets getting flooded and traffic stalled. Water-logging was reported in western suburbs of Malad, Kandivali and Jogeshwari.
Although road traffic was relatively smooth, local trains were reported running late on the Central line between Mumbai CST and Kalyan.
However the situation is grim in neighbouring Thane districts as parts of many areas like Bhiwandi, Kopri, Naupada, Bhayander, Dahanu and Kalyan were completely inundated owing to continuous downpour during the last 48 hours.
About 10,000 people were marooned by flood waters in these areas and are being shifted to safer places, they said. Also, non-stop rains have wrecked roads in the district leading to heavy disruption in vehicular traffic on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad road.
The Palghar police station in the western belt of Thane district was totally flooded, damaging various records. Other adjacent police stations including the one in Manor area was also cut off, making it difficult for policemen to operate.
In Tarapur area, a Primary Health Centre and quarters of the medical officer came under water following which affected health workers and patients were shifted to nearby, officials from the district disaster control room.
In Mira-Bhayander, a portion of an old building collapsed this morning after heavy showers. However, there was no loss of life, police said.
In Maswan, a bus of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) got stuck in the flood waters of Surya river last evening leaving 30 passengers stranded for many hours, authorities said. They were later rescued in the wee hours today, police said.
Thousands of people staying on the banks of rivers Surya, Vaitarna and Daherja in Palghar taluka have been alerted and asked to shift to safer shelters, police said.
The Met department has forecast heavy to very heavy rains for Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra over the next two days. There is also a high tide warning for today afternoon.
With PTI inputs
First Published: Tuesday, September 04, 2012, 09:17