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IMD Predicts Heavy Rain in Mumbai, Thane; At Least 3 Killed So Far

The Southwest Monsoon picked up momentum in Mumbai, bringing heavy showers that claimed three lives in the city.

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The Southwest Monsoon picked up momentum in Mumbai, bringing heavy showers that claimed three lives in the city and adjoining Thane, officials said on Monday, 25 June.

Heavy rains lashed the metropolis and Thane district throughout the night and continued this morning, causing water-logging at several places and slowing the movement of suburban trains, thus causing inconvenience to office-goers.

Two persons were killed last evening when a tree fell on them near Metro Cinema in south Mumbai, said an official from the disaster management unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

A huge part of a compound caved-in at Antop Hill area in Wadala. Around 15 cars were damaged with some vehicles getting buried under the debris, an official of the BMC's disaster management cell said.

In another incident, a 13-year-old boy was killed and his parents were injured when an adjacent wall collapsed on their house at Wadol village in Ambernath taluka of Thane at around 2:15 am on Monday.

Even if it rains for an hour here, this place gets inundated.BMC should do something about the roads because our colony is at a lower level, so even half hour of rain results in water-logging here. Our kids can’t go to school because the buses can’t come inside.There are too many puddles around, and the drains are left open.
Anita Shekatkar, Local Resident

Mumbai received 231.4 mm rain in the last 24 hours, an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) here said.

Owing to the heavy showers, several parts of the city, like Dharavi, Sion, Matunga, Hindmata, Malad, Kurla, Andheri subway, Bhandup, Worli and Lower Parel, were flooded with water up to two to three feet, and vehicles got stuck in some places.

Local train services of the Central Railway (CR), Western Railway (WR) and on the Harbour Line corridor were running late by 5 to 10 minutes, officials said.

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Gujarat also witnessed heavy rains in Valsad, Surat and Navsari districts, in the last two days, causing water-logging and throwing normal life out of gear in the region.

However, no loss of life or any major damage to property due to the downpour was reported from any part of the region, officials said.

The IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy rain in Mumbai in the next 24 to 48 hours.

"These heavy showers are due to a cyclonic circulation over north Konkan and adjoining south Gujarat and another circulation in the Bay of Bengal. We expect the rain activity to increase in the coming week, with scattered heavy to very heavy rain on June 27 and 28 in parts of north Konkan, including Mumbai," an IMD official said.

Meanwhile, Mumbaikars took to Twitter to share their stories.

(With inputs from PTI)

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