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Heavy rains in Mumbai, Thane; six dead

Mumbai: Heavy rains have thrown life out of gear in Mumbai and Thane with many areas water-logged, trains services hit and flights delayed. Six workers have been killed after a wall collapsed following heavy rains in Dnyaneshwar Nagar in Thane.

Meteorological Department said that Mumbai has already received 60.77 mm rainfall with Colaba in south Mumbai recording 78.6 mm and suburban Santa Cruz getting 95.0 mm since Tuesday. The eastern suburbs have received 77.56 mm of rainfall while in the western suburbs it is 67.57 mm. Water logging has been reported from Parel, Dadar, Andheri and Hind Mata.

Suburban trains have been delayed by 10 to 15 minutes due to the heavy rains. Flight services have been thrown out of gear in the city due to heavy rains, poor visibility and strong winds. No flights are landing in Mumbai while five planes have been diverted to other airports. All the flights taking off from Mumbai are running with a delay of more than one hour.

There has been flooding at Milan subway in Santa Cruz as well. Colaba area has recorded 81.4 mm of rainfall till 7:30 AM on Wednesday while Santa Cuz has received 59.8 mm of rains.

Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai Commissioner Swadhin Kshatriya told CNN-IBN that 200 pumps are being used for pumping out water from low-lying areas.

“All officers are on high alert. There is some local problem but most of the trains are running. There is a forecast of heavy rains with high tide after 3 PM,” said Kshatriya.

He also added that buildings in danger of collapsing due to heavy rains have been identified.

“We have carried out survey before rains and identified 700 dangerous building and notice has served for alternative accommodation,” he said.

A landslide took place at Chembur Vashi Naka in which three houses were destroyed but no one was injuries.

According to the Meteorological Department heavy rainfall is expected to continue in the city with strong gusty winds and thundershowers in some parts.

MCGM had on Monday advised people not to venture into the sea as the city warning of high tides measuring about 4.70 meters till June 17.

The Meteorological Department has forecast heavy rainfall, accompanied with thundershowers and strong winds, in the metropolis in the next couple of days.

According to the civic administration, there will be tides from June 13 to 17 measuring between 4.58 m to 4.73 m.

On July 26, 2005, the metropolis saw unprecedented floods as 944 mm of rainfall coincided with a 4.48m tide.

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