Heavy rains in Mumbai; local trains slow down

After playing hide-and-seek for over two weeks, monsoon made its presence felt in Mumbai on Thursday morning.

Updated: Jun 28, 2012, 15:23 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Mumbai: After playing hide-and-seek for over two weeks, monsoon made its presence felt in Mumbai on Thursday morning.

According to the weather office, more rain is in store for the next 24 hours till Friday morning.

Rail and road traffic was hit due to the first major downpour of this monsoon season. Most arterial roads of the city were flooded with water, making it equally difficult for vehicles and pedestrians to commute.

According to weather officials, Colaba (south Mumbai) recorded 21 mm rain, while Santacruz (north Mumbai) recorded rainfall of 75 mm till 9 am on Thursday.

Rainfall in the city further left many areas of northwest Mumbai like Khar, Jogeshwari, Bandra, Goregaon, and Malad waterlogged.

Continuous rain has also left several low-lying areas in south Mumbai waterlogged and traffic snarls on the two main Express highways on Thursday. Low-lying areas like Hindmata, Parel and Dadar are partially submerged in water.

The weather department has issued a warning for heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours in the city as well as the coastal region of Mumbai and Konkan.

The Central Railway trains were running late by up to 30-35 minutes because of signal problem at various locations, CR spokesman said.

However, all suburban train services were running on schedule on the western line.

The flights were running normal at the Mumbai international airport and there were no disruptions reported so far, sources said.

The city`s maximum temperature was 30 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature recorded was 27 degrees Celsius.

Mumbai has been facing a severe water crisis after the monsoon skipped its regular date of June 10 this year.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had warned that the city with a population of nearly 18 million will face severe water shortages for the rest of the year if monsoon fails.

(With Agency inputs)