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Heavy rains lashes in Mumbai, major areas of city waterlogged

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Heavy rains lashes in Mumbai, major areas of city waterlogged

Mumbai: Mumbai came to a halt after heavy rainfall continued to pour in parts of city, leaving several areas waterlogged by Friday morning. Traffic took a hit, with buses being diverted on multiple routes. Trains, too, were reportedly running late due to waterlogged railway tracks on the harbour and the slow lines.

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In its daily weather update, the regional meteorological centre had predicted that the torrential downpour to continue across parts of Mumbai and its suburbs over the next 24 hours.

The heavy rainfall in Mumbai left the Gandhi Market area completely waterlogged by Friday morning, photos tweeted by media agency. Visuals from the Eastern Express Highway also showed the overnight heavy rains lashing parts of the city.

Due to heavy rainfall and waterlogging on the slow line near Kurla-Vidyavihar, trains are running 20-25 minutes late. Slow line traffic between Kurla and Vidyavihar has been diverted on the fast line. Trains on the harbour line are also running 20-25 minutes late, while the trans-harbour line is running smoothly so far, the Central Railway informed in its latest hourly update.

Meanwhile, Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport (BEST) buses have also been diverted in at least 10 routes across Mumbai, including Sion Road, Gandhi Market, Hindmata Cinema, and Wadala Bridge.

Heavy rains have been lashing Mumbai since Tuesday night, with several key stretches of roads completely inundated. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a yellow category alert for Mumbai on Thursday and Friday, predicting heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places, and a green alert for Saturday and Sunday. However, the met department said that the intensity of rainfall is likely to reduce soon, with light to moderate showers in isolated areas.

As per official forecasts, the maximum temperature over the next five days is expected to rise to 32 degrees Celsius (up from 30 degrees Celsius on Wednesday evening), and the minimum temperature will rise to 26 degrees Celsius — up from 24.6 degrees Celsius on Thursday morning.

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