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28 deaths in Maharashtra, rains lash Mumbai for 5th day

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New Delhi, July 5 (UNI) At least 28 deaths were reported from Maharashtra during the past 24 hours as incessant rains accompanied by strong winds continued to batter Mumbai and its suburbs for the fifth consecutive day today.

In Madhya Pradesh, three people died when they were washed away by flood waters.

Ten people lost their lives in Nagpur division of Maharashtra due to drowning and lightning.

Nine deaths have been confirmed in and around the state capital Mumbai as a result of drowning, short circuit and tree uprooting.

Five deaths have been reported from Jalgaon district and another four deaths in the Amravati division.

Maharashtra Secretary, Relief and Rehabilitation K S Vatsa told UNI that Gagan Bavda and Radha Nagar areas of Kolhapur district received heavy rainfall, and added Panchaganga river is flowing above the danger mark.

The administration has despatched rescue teams and boats to affected areas in Kolhapur district.

In Gardcholi district, communication links with five villages broke down as a result of flash floods.

In Gujarat, heavy rains were reported from Saurashtra region which threw normal life out of gear. Normal life in Rajkot was affected following heavy downpour which caused water logging at several places.

A mother and daughter received burn injuries earlier in the day when lightning struck them at Sokhada village in Gondal taluka of Rajkot district. Both were admitted to the civil hospital here, flood control room said.

Light to moderate rainfall was reported in Porbandar, Jamnagar and Junagadh districts.

In Madhya Pradesh, three people died as they were washed away by floodwaters in the state even as heavy rains disrupted normal life in Khargone and Badwani districts with passengers being stranded as road links the past eight hours due heavy rains and floods.

Met department's local director D P Dubey told UNI here a low pressure area, built over Nagpur, had reached western Madhya Pradesh.

Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) cut power supply at 15 places in South Central Mumbai fearing casualties related to short circuit accidents. Power is likely to be restored later in the day, official sources said.

Early morning showers have once again brought flash floods in several parts of the city and its suburbs. Low lying areas were the worst hit with houses located in slums bearing the maximum brunt of loss of money and property. Rains continued unabated in the suburbs of Jogeshwari, Malad, Andheri, Santacruz and Bandra.

With rains showing no signs of stopping, the civic administration and other emergency services of the state government has been put on a high alert for the next 24 hours or so.

In the capital, a partly cloudy sky and South Easterly winds provided some relief from the sultry weather of the last few days, resulting in a fall of mercury to 37 Degree Celsius today.

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