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Jul 05, 2006 at 12:30am IST

Mumbai: Heavy rains continued to hit Mumbai for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday, inundating several low-lying areas and railway tracks and affecting road and rail traffic.

The city has recorded 15 to 20 centimetres of rainfall since morning.

Eight people, including a woman, died in rain-related incidents as torrential rains continued to lash the metropolis.

Local trains on the Western Line were running 20 to 25 minutes late.

The Central and Harbour Lines have been shut due to water-logging, said Railway officials.

However, long-distance trains on Central, Western and Konkan Railway are running.

Vehicles have been diverted in Dahisar, Goregaon, Andheri, Khar, Hind Mata and Milan Subway. Kalina and Kurla remain areas of great concern.

There were also reports of traffic being diverted near Khandala due to a small landslide.

However, the authorities have refused to acknowledge the situation as an emergency.

"There's no contingency plan. There's a definite plan in action. We had a tremendous problem last year. So we know all the vulnerable areas. We are all in position to handle this and I don't think there's any need to panic. This goes on almost every year," Mumbai Joint Police Commisioner, Arup Patnaik, said.

Flight Details

Flight No

Destination
Status

9W 302

Delhi-Mumbai
Diverted to Ahmedabad

9W 475 / 476

Mumbai-Goa-Mumbai
Cancelled

9W 401 / 402

Mumbai-Kochi-Mumbai
Cancelled

9W 3403

Mumbai - Diu-Porbander-Mumbai
Cancelled
9W 413 / 414 Mumbai-Coimbatore -Mumbai
Cancelled
9W 451 / 452 Mumbai-Hyderabad-Mumbai
Cancelled
9W 467 / 468 Mumbai-Chennai-Mumbai
Cancelled
9W 431 / 432 Mumbai-Mangalore-Mumbai
Cancelled

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Authorities have advised people not to venture out unless absolutely necessary.

VOX POPULI

Why can’t government declare a holiday when they know that weather conditions are bad?. Dr Sundari

BMC hasd done commendable job this year. Ajay, Mira Road

I am anxious about my child's admission, as colleges are not declared holiday.

Anita Deepak, Jogeshwari

Chief Minister and other political leaders are engrossed in their own vested interest they have not taken care of civic problems.

Anil D'Souza

Low Lying areas are always flooded that's no news but since 40 years citizens have not taken any action to co-operate towards betterment of city. Mark Mendes
Please don’t use Khar subway, its logged with water.

Pavan, Khar

Its a conflict between two – Human and physical Infrastructure.

Nirupam Mehrotra

It takes 20 minutes to reach international airport from Colaba. As citizens we should try and help each other. Sunayana, Colaba
BMC staff done a good job here at King Circle.

Hemant Haria, King Circle

Suburbs in the north of Mumbai, from Borivali to Virar, are facing the heaviest downpour. Primary schools and junior college have been asked to declare a holiday.

"The water level hasn't gone down a bit since yesterday morning. We are forced to wade through dirty water," said Santosh Singh, a resident.

Emergency workers used sticks and crowbars to prise open clogged manholes and gutters to allow rainwater to pass. Last July, two days of heavy rain exposed Mumbai's poor infrastructure and dismal emergency response.

The floods killed hundreds of people in and around Mumbai and shut down the city for almost a week.

Weather officials said a depression on the east coast was weakening and was heading towards Maharashtra. This would bring more rain to Mumbai and Madhya Pradesh over the next few days, they warned.

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