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Four Dead In 24 Hours As Heavy Rain Pounds Mumbai; Traffic, Trains Hit

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Mumbai received 231.4 mm rain in the last 24 hours, a Met department official said. "So much rainfall is categorised as extremely heavy showers,"

Mumbai: Heavy rain in Mumbai since last night slowed down traffic and delayed trains, hitting thousands of school and office-goers on a Monday morning. Four people have died in Mumbai and adjoining areas since yesterday. Civic officials have placed pumps on stand-by as many low-lying areas in the city reported water-logging.

A huge part of a compound wall of a residential complex in Antop Hill in south Mumbai’s Wadala collapsed, taking along 15 parked cars. Dramatic pictures showed five other cars covered in debris. The civic body and the fire department have vacated an entire wing of the Lloyds Estate which houses many bankers. No casualties have been reported.

Among the three people who died in Mumbai was a 15-year-old who died after falling into an open pit in the suburb of Malad. A 13-year-old was killed in Thane in a wall collapse. Two people died yesterday after a tree was uprooted near Azad Maidan in south Mumbai’s Dhobi Talao.

In Chembur, residents were seen this morning wading through water-logged streets.

The heavy downpour led to water-logging in subways in Andheri, Khar and Malad suburbs, affecting traffic, Mumbai Police said. A container broke down on a bridge on the Eastern Express Highway, leading to traffic to slow down during morning rush hour.

Mumbai received 231.4 mm rain in the last 24 hours, a Met department official said. “So much rainfall is categorised as extremely heavy showers,” IMD Mumbai Director Ajay Kumar told news agency PTI. “Expect showers to be as intense today as well,” private weather forecaster Skymet said.

Many Twitter users shared pictures of water-logging and traffic, with #MumbaiRains remaining the top trend on Twitter this morning.

Mumbai Police tweeted with a dash of humour, “The showers are heavy but so is our ‘bandobast’ on the streets to ‘be there’ for Mumbaikars. We are #AlwaysUpForDuty to help you reach your destination with a little care & caution from you during your journey #RoadSafety #MumbaiRains.”

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