One dead, 5 picknickers go missing as heavy rains lash Maharashtra

One dead, 5 picknickers go missing as heavy rains lash Maharashtra

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A person was killed on Saturday when torrential rains lashed Mumbai suburbs and adjoining districts of Thane, Raigad and Palghar, severely disrupting normal life in many areas, officials said.

At least five picknickers went missing and another 30 were rescued from a picturesque hilly picnic spot, Chinchoti falls, in neighboring Palghar district. In Vasai, around 106 tourists were rescued.

An aerial search with helicopters and a NDRF team from Mumbai have launched a rescue operation to trace them. Ghatkopar Bridge was closed as a precautionary measure. The official adopted such a measure after the collapse of Andheri Bridge.

A 40-year old woman, Usha Sawant was electrocuted to death and her five-year old daughter Kumari was injured in suburban Mankhurd following a short-circuit in the PMGP Colony.

The Central Railway suburban and long distance train traffic was again hit after at least three signal poles fell down in the rains.

The CR diverted two trains on the Mumbai-Pune sector and cancelled three services due to the downpour which continued till evening.

Though streams and water bodies adjoining the Western Railway were swollen, there was no major impact on the train traffic.

The busy Mumbai-Goa Highway was blocked for over three hours due to landslides or tree crashes resulting in massive traffic jams over several kilometres, and peoples' weekend getaway plans went haywire.

A majority of the big and small rivers in western and coastal parts of the state including the Savitri River, were overflowing, with flood waters running into surrounding villages.

The famed hill stations of Matheran (Raigad) and Mahabaleshwar (Satara), Khandala (Pune) received heavy rains and over 10,000 people jostled in traffic snarls to visit the Bhushi Dam in neighbouring twin-hillstation of Lonavala which received 160 mm rains.

While Matheran and Karjart in Raigad received around 190 mm and 150 mm respectively, Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani 160 mm, Murbad inThane was inundated under 220 mm, Wada in Palghar with 230 mm.

The IMD said most places in the Palghar, Thane and Raigad received an average of around 110-200 mm rains in the past 24 hours.

It has also forecast heavy to very heavy rains in Mumbai and adjoining districts over the next 24-48 hours, besides placed like Nagpur, Aurangabad, Nanded, Akola, Wardha, Chandrapure and the coastal Konkan.UNI