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Mumbai and suburbs continue to receive heavy to very heavy rain

As many as seventeen incoming flights were diverted and many delayed by up to an hour in Mumbai yesterday evening due to very heavy rain and low visibility.

The heavy downpour also caused water-logging and traffic snarls in several parts of Mumbai and also led to delays in suburban local train services.

The Central Railways has informed that it has suspended services from Kalyan to Karjat and Khopoli as a precautionary measure since very heavy rainfall in Kurla-Thane belt and beyond Kalyan had led to water rushing on to the tracks.

Heavier rainfall was reported from the suburbs and neighbouring areas till wee hours on Saturday. Meanwhile, heavy rains since Wednesday has brought some more cheer for the city residents as there was a significant increase in the level in all the seven lakes supplying water to Mumbai.

The Modak Sagar lake, one of the seven reservoirs supplying water to Mumbai, started overflowing on Friday afternoon. This came a day after the Tansa lake, another key source of potable water for Mumbai, started overflowing.

The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted intense spells of rain are likely to continue in the districts of Thane, Raigad and Mumbai. It has also stated that the monsoon is likely to become active throughout Maharashtra over this weekend and as a result, Mumbai Konkan and surrounding areas are likely to receive widespread rain till July 30 with very heavy rain at isolated places on July 27, 28 and 29.

Earlier, the IMD has also issued a warning for Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts indicating that the intense heavy rain may turn situation severe.

The incessant rains have caused much chaos hitting the rail, road and air traffic. 17 flights have been diverted due to heavy rains in Mumbai and many parts being waterlogged.

Suburban areas including Kurla, Dombivli, Badlapur, Tilak Nagar, Hindmata, Andheri, Matunga and many other areas saw huge waterlogging. Regular office commuters were adversely affected, with many being stranded on roads for long hours.

Central and Harbour Railway local train services remained badly disrupted.  As per the IMD forecast heavy to intense spells of rain will continue through the weekend and also the monsoon is likely to get active throughout the state.

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