Mumbai: Trains, traffic disrupted after heavy rain since Monday evening
The India Meteorological Department has predicted more rain in Mumbai and Thane over the next 48 hours.
Local train services and road traffic in Mumbai were disrupted after rain lashed the city since Monday evening. The India Meteorological Department has predicted more rain in Mumbai and Thane over the next 48 hours, The Times of India reported. A double-decker bus crashed into an overhead railing near Bandra in the afternoon. There were no injuries.
Roads in several parts of the city were waterlogged while services on the Central and Western Railway lines were affected, according to Mumbai Mirror. The Mumbai Police issued a traffic advisory on Tuesday morning, informing the public about waterlogged areas, while Western Railway asked commuters to avoid train travel if possible. The tracks at the Sion railway station were flooded, ANI reported.
Mumbai University announced that students who had missed their exams would be allowed to write them again, ANI reported.
According to weather department’s 2 pm bulletin, intermittent rain or thundershowers are likely to occur in the city and its suburbs for the next 48 hours. Heavy to very heavy rain is expected at several places.
“The monsoon current along with active weather systems along the Konkan coast, east-central Arabian Sea and north of Maharashtra is leading to moderate to heavy showers,” KS Hosalikar, IMD’s deputy director general (western region), told the Hindustan Times. “Heavy rain is expected to continue for Mumbai and surrounding areas for 48 hours.”
A 35-year-old man was killed and two people were seriously injured when the compound wall of a housing society in Thane city collapsed amid heavy rain on Monday night, PTI reported. The incident took place in Patlipada area on the city’s Ghodbunder Road, Thane Municipal Corporation’s Regional Disaster Management Cell chief Santosh Kadam said.
On Tuesday morning, a section of a bridge connecting the eastern side of Mumbai’s Andheri suburb to its west collapsed and a part of it fell on the railway track below. Some people are feared trapped under the debris, the fire brigade said. Railway minister Piyush Goyal said he has ordered an inquiry into the overbridge collapse.
Dabbawallas in Mumbai suspended their operations after train services on the Western line from Goregaon to Bandra were suspended. However, services on the harbour line from Andheri resumed in the afternoon, PTI reported.
Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport ran 84 additional buses till 1.30 pm, to ease problems caused by the breakdown in local train services.