Rains claim 8 lives in Mumbai, cripples traffic

Last Updated: Wed, Jun 16, 2010 10:24 hrs

Mumbai: Incessant heavy rains in Mumbai claimed eight lives on Wednesday even as the entire traffic – rail, road and air – were severely affected, throwing normal life out of gear.
 
At least eight people were killed in a wall collapse in Thane, near Mumbai, in the early hours of Wednesday following heavy rain since Tuesday night.
 
Heavy rains delay flights in Mumbai



Police said the boundary wall of an under construction project collapsed and killed slum dwellers.
 
“We were sleeping. Early in the morning around 4 a.m. we heard a loud noise, something like an explosion. We could rescue some people and take them to hospital. But many were dead," said a slum dweller in Thane.
 
Heavy rains, meanwhile, threw life out of gear in Mumbai.
 
Flight schedules in Mumbai were disturbed owing to poor visibility as most flights had to be delayed by more than half an hour.
 
Rain water flooded the railway tracks, delaying the local train service, which acts as the lifeline of this city.

Heavy rains lash Mumbai; Air, rail traffic hit
 
Water logging was reported from many parts of Mumbai, including Andheri, Parel and Dadar areas.
 
Hundreds of pumps were being used to open clogged drains in several parts of the city, even as road traffic was diverted in many areas.
 
The city, which faces a cruel monsoon every year, is bracing up for more rains and plight as weather forecasts said the inclement weather condition would continue.




 
Mumbai got close to 100 mm rains in 12 hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) here said.

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