Rains Hit Mumbai with Full Force - Flights, Trains Delayed

Rains Hit Mumbai with Full Force - Flights, Trains Delayed 
Pics by Rons Bantwal
Daijiworld Media Network - Mumbai

Mumbai, June 26 (IANS) : The rains finally kept their long delayed date with Mumbai Friday as they lashed the city and surroundings in full force, bringing welcome relief from the scorching heat.

Along with the rains came a plethora of delays that are common to the city - flights late by 25-30 minutes, suburban trains running behind schedules by 5-15 minutes and road traffic jams all over the city and suburbs.

Several low-lying areas in the city and suburbs were water-logged after overnight heavy showers, causing traffic snarls and delays for office-goers, and school and college students.

Among the areas which experienced water-logging were Andheri, Malad, Santacruz, and Dahisar suburbs in western Mumbai and Kurla, Sion, Ghatkopar on the eastern side. Long queues of vehicles were seen on the Western Express and Eastern Express highways as water from surrounding areas flowed on to the main thoroughfares connecting south Mumbai.

Dark clouds gathered over the city last evening and the rains arrived more than two weeks late from the regular date of June 10.

On Thursday, south Mumbai got 15.6 mm rains while the suburbs got 4.9 mm. It picked up last night with heavy showers in most parts of the city, suburbs, Navi Mumbai and surrounding areas of Thane and Raigad.

According to Mumbai Weather Bureau, so far the city has received only 42.6 mm and the suburbs 28.5 mm rainfall. This spells a yawning deficit of 373 mm for the city and 361 mm for the suburbs at this time of the year.

However, the rains ensured a dip in the minimum and maximum temperatures which are now at 31.8 and 25.3 degrees Celsius, respectively.

The Weather Bureau has forecast heavy rains and thundershowers over the city Saturday.


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  • Francis, Goa India

    Sun, Jul 05 2009

    I miss the rains. Enjoying the photos

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  • Jawar D''Souza, M''Lore/Doha

    Sun, Jun 28 2009

    What a waste of water can''t anyone do anything about conserving this water it is a god given gift to our country we should use our brains and try to do some thing about this. If the water is let into the ground it will stay in the ground,but we are letting it into the sea

    Qatar Govt has drilled a number of well called as Recharge wells building some dykes they divert the rain water into these wells and the water is let into the ground.We do not know the value of fresh water we just let it flow to the sea''s.One day we will realise this.

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  • Wilson, Mumbai, Dubai

    Sun, Jun 28 2009

    Rain, Rain, Water every where. Really missing the rain. Sitting in the office and enjoying the pics of Mumbai and the water logged roads. all the very best to Mumbaikars.

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  • John Pereira, Mumbai, Ghatkopar

    Sun, Jun 28 2009

    Every Monsoon, after the first rains, flooding is a regular annual feature mainly due to uncleared drains, as the pre-monsoon drain cleaning by BMC is not upto the mark. I am sure Rons Bantwal will testify to this. Hopefully, the BMC is ecpected to swing into action to clear the drains where required once the current rain-spell subsides.

    However, even after cleaning of drains, flooding is expected if there are sustained heavy rains mainly due to filling up of waterholes, puddles and marshy land, which used to absorb excess rain-water, and now there is no alternative but for flooding particularly low lying areas, due to the apathy of builders and BMC

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  • Pradeep, Melbourne

    Fri, Jun 26 2009

    Thanks for the pictures. They revived my memories. Eversmiling people of Mumbai, may god bless you. No matter were live today those days were as sweet as ever

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