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Rains to continue pounding Mumbai; Heavy downpour likely in Thane, Palghar, Raigad

By Vishal S

Mumbai, July 08: It rains a lot in Mumbai during monsoons every year, but this year the downpour has really been severe. The rainfall from June 28 to July 2 broke records. Now, after a week's lull, the downpour is set to pickup again.

The IMD Mumbai said that in the next two days, it is likely to rain heavily in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar.

Commuters wade through a waterlogged street, following heavy Monsoon rain in Mumbai

"Heavy to very Heavy rainfall likely to occur at a few places in the districts of Raigad, Thane, Palghar and Mumbai on July 9, and heavy rainfall likely to occur at isolated places in the districts of Raigad, Thane, Palghar and Mumbai on July 10," reports quoted IMD as saying.

Heavy rains made a reappearance in Mumbai today after a hiatus, affecting road and rail traffic and briefly disrupting operations at the city airport. Office-goers braved torrential downpour in many parts of the metropolis to reach their places of work.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast "intense spells of rainfall" with heavy rains expected at a few places in Mumbai and suburbs on Monday. It said heavy to very heavy rainfall is also likely at places in Raigad and Palghar districts and at a few places in Thane district.

Heavy rains disrupt flight operations at Mumbai Airport, local trains running normally

Mumbai airport operations were briefly suspended in the morning due to heavy rains, which prompted the airport operator to divert three city-bound flights, a Mumbai International Airport Limited official said. No flights were cancelled, he added. Runway operations at the Mumbai airport remained suspended for nearly 20 minutes from 9.12 am due to heavy rains, he added.

The Central Railway said there was heavy rain at various locations on Mumbai suburban route.

"Central Railway locals are running normal on main line, harbour line, transharbour line and 4th corridor (Kharkopar-Nerul/Belapur). No disruption anywhere," it tweeted.

The suburbs received around 20 mm rainfall in just three hours starting 8.30 am, an IMD official here said. This caused water-logging on rail tracks at Ghatkopar, Kanjurmarg, Sion and other stations due to which local trains on the Central Line were running slow. The Mumbai municipal corporation said it regrets the inconvenience caused to Mumbai residents owing to heavy rain.

"Dear Mumbaikars, the city has experience heavy rainfall in the last couple of hours, especially in the eastern suburb. We regret all the inconvenience that has showered along. But the intensity is on decline now & our teams will try to pump out logged water as soon as possible," the BMC tweeted.

A viral video showed a gaping manhole in Chembur swallowing a bike. Heavy cloud formation was bringing more rains to the city, the IMD official said.

"The catchment areas of dams that supply drinking water to Mumbai are also receiving good precipitation. The city is expected to receive more rains today," he added.

The metropolis and its adjoining areas received heavy rains for four consecutive days in June end-early July, badly affecting normal life and disrupting rail, road and and air traffic at that time. After that, the city had been witnessing sporadic rains in the last few days.

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