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Mumbai rains: 1 dead, over 100 rescued from Chinchoti waterfall

By Deepika

Mumbai, July 7:  One person died today and a rescue operation was on for 12 others stranded at Chinchoti waterfall in Vasai in neighbouring Palghar district, police said.


About 100 others had been rescued by teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Fire Brigade and local police who were currently engaged in rescue operations, an official said.

The waterfall, a popular destination among tourists during the monsoon, is situated in Tungareshwar forest, over 70 kilometres from here.

"The area is witnessing continuous rainfall since morning which led to these people getting stranded and it is also hampering rescue operations," the official informed.

He said that a team of the 5 Battalion of the NDRF, stationed at Andheri in Mumbai, was provided a "green corridor" by the traffic police to get to the site of operations near Vasai quickly.

Meanwhile, two unidentified bodies were fished out from a river in Kalyan in the afternoon, while a 40-year-old woman died of electrocution in Ghatkopar.

Reports of water logging have been received from across the maximum city as heavy showers along with gusty winds lashed Mumbai and suburban areas.

Meanwhile, the weatherman has predicted very heavy rainfall in the Konkan region over the next five days.

Local train services were also hit on some of the lines as rail tracks were submerged in water due to continuous rainfall. Local train services on Central Line has been stopped. Rail tracks at Kalyan station are under water adding to the woes of commuters.

Flood-like situation prevailed in Thane district's Bhiwandi following heavy rains. In Palghar too, severe water logging was reported from several areas.

Traffic on National Highway 222 stopped between Kalyan and Titwala as precautionary measure after water level touches the danger mark at Rayta bridge near Titwala.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) for the next 24 hours, intermittent rain with heavy to very heavy falls is likely to occur in isolated areas over the city. The IMD Mumbai Santacruz observatory recorded 6.3 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours while the Colaba observatory recorded 5.2 mm rainfall.

The maximum temperature in Mumbai was recorded as 28 degrees Celcius while the minimum temperature remained 24 degrees Celcius. The humidity in Mumbai is high at 91 per cent through the day.

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