Monsoon mayhem halts life in Mumbai

July 1st, 2008 - 1:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, July 1 (IANS) It was another morning of monsoon mayhem for this city Tuesday with several areas submerged and trains running late, compelling civic authorities to ask people not to step out of their homes. The heavy downpour through Monday night took its toll on the office rush hour this morning throwing life completely out of gear.

According to the meteorological department, the suburbs of Santacruz recorded 142.8 mm of rainfall while Colaba in south Mumbai recorded 200 mm till 8.30 a.m.

Suburban trains were running late by half-an-hour to 45 minutes, railway officials said.

According to a Central Railway spokesperson, several stations like Ghatkopar, Kurla, Vidyavihar, Matunga and Sion were waterlogged.

The impact was felt by office-goers and others who use the trains from the suburbs to reach their destinations in south Mumbai.

Almost all low-lying areas like the Milan Subway in Santacruz West, an arterial traffic junction, and the Malad subway in north Mumbai as well as Wadala, Mahim, Worli and Parel in south Mumbai have been completely submerged.

With chaos reigning on the streets, the Mumbai Municipality issued a warning to Mumbaikars not to step out of their houses as a precautionary measure.

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