Traffic hit as heavy rain lashes Maharashtra

Traffic hit as heavy rain lashes Maharashtra

Heavy rain lashed Mumbai's suburbs on Sunday, slowing down road and rail traffic, even as the weatherman asked fishermen along the Konkan-Goa coast not to venture into the choppy Arabian Sea for the next couple of days. 

Reports of flooding reached Mumbai from Chiplun town in the Ratnagiri district and Bhamragad taluka of Gadchiroli district, both of which experienced heavy downpour. 

Over the last 36 hours, the eastern and western suburbs of Mumbai reaching up to Kalyan and Vasai-Virar, respectively, have received over 120 mm rainfall. However, there was not much inconvenience to the people.

The Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts in the Vidarbha region received heavy rainfall, leading to inundation in several parts.

Close to 100 villages in the Bhamragad taluka of Gadchiroli, which received over 200 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours, were cut of due to flooding, as power supply and mobile services suffered. People were shifting to safer places. 

The Chandrapur district received over 300 mm rainfall in the last 36 hours. Water gushed into most of the shops in the historic town of Chiplun in the Ratnagiri district, which received around 150 mm rainfall. Several small rivers are overflowing. 

In the last days, Ratnagiri has received 350 mm rainfall. The Khadakwasla dam, which provides drinking water to Pune city, and the Radhanagri dam, which provides water for irrigation to the Kolhapur district and neighbouring places, saw an appreciable increase of water level because of the heavy downpour.

A Dubai-Pune flight had to be diverted to Mumbai. Two flights to Mumbai—one arriving from Bengaluru and another from Bangkok—saw a delay of 15 minutes. Because of active monsoon conditions and winds, cautionary signal no 3 has been hoisted in all ports between Dahanu and Marmugao.

The hill station of Mahabaleshwar also experienced heavy rain over the last two days, and over the weekend several tourists visited this place in the Satara district. 

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