Mumbai: In the first major downpour since the arrival of monsoon in Mumbai, heavy rains lashed the city on Thursday disrupting rail traffic.

The maximum rainfall was observed in the suburbs, with Kandivili and Malad receiving around 45 mm rainfall, the MeT department said.

Colaba recorded 21 mm rainfall and Santacruz recorded 75 mm downpour till 9 am on Thursday, it said.

The department has warned that heavy rains may take place in the Konkan and Mumbai coasts during next 24 hours.

Central Railway trains were running late by up to 30 to 35 minutes because of signal problems at various locations, a Central Railway spokesman said.

However, all suburban train services were running on schedule on the western line.

Most flights are running normal at the Mumbai international airport and there are no reports of flights being disrupted so far, officials said.

Mumbai has been facing a severe water crisis after the monsoon skipped its regular date of June 10 this year.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had warned that the city with a population of nearly 18 million will face severe water shortages for the rest of the year if monsoon fails.

Continuous rain has left several low-lying areas in south Mumbai waterlogged and traffic snarls on the two main Express highways Thursday.

Low-lying areas like Hindmata, Parel and Dadar are partially submerged in water.


(Agencies)

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