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Mumbai is waterlogged again

Last updated on: July 14, 2009 

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Heavy rains accompanied by gusty winds crippled normal life in India's financial capital Mumbai on Tuesday.

Image: An autorickshaw moves through a flooded road
Photographs: Punit Paranjpe/Reuters
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Flood warning has been issued across the city after the Mithi river crossed the danger mark of  2.95 m. The river is a confluence of tail water discharges of Powai and Vihar lakes.

It originates at Powai and meets the Arabian Sea at Mahim Creek. It flows through residential and industrial complexes of Powai, Saki Naka, Kurla and Mahim covering about 15 km.


Image: Vehicles move slowly on the western express highway amidst heavy rainfall
Photographs: Punit Paranjpe/Reuters
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Media reports said that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has begun evacuating families at Kranti Nagar. About 400 families are being shifted to a nearby municipal school.

Image: A taxi driver pushes his vehicle to safety
Photographs: Sahil Salvi
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Normal life has been thrown out of gear in the city owing to heavy overnight rains that led to severe water logging in many parts and badly disrupted road, rail and air traffic.

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Railway tracks were flooded between suburban Bandra and Vile Parle on the Western line and between Vidya Vihar and Sion on the Central line. Khar, Milan and Andheri subways were also waterlogged.

Image: One of the many low-lying areas that witnessed traffic jams following the heavy downpur
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Visibility at Mumbai International Airport was described as poor on Tuesday morning. Water logging was also reported at the Wadala truck terminus, Maratha Mandir, Govandi and Deonar colonies.

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Several areas of Mumbai, including Mulund (242.81 mm), Bandra (207.8 mm), and Memonwada (203.1 mm),Byculla (197. 3 mm), and Chembur (192.7 mm), were among the areas that received heavy rainfall.

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Media reports quoted civic officials as saying that a high tide of 3.85 m was expected around 4.15 pm and that if the heavy rains continued the situation could worsen. The weather department has given a forecast of heavy rains throughout the day.

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The Meteorological Department says Mumbai could experience more heavy showers in the days to come.

The city may also witness gusty winds and thunderstorms in the next 48 hours, Met officials said.


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For past many years, monsoon rains have been playing havoc in the Mumbai. According to the city's municipal officers, about a billion rupees are spent each year on bracing the city for the monsoon downpours. Yet rains continue to disrupt normal life.

Image: Students make their way through the flooded foyer of a college
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