The monsoon officially arrived in Mumbai on Saturday and hit the city and other parts of Maharashtra with full fury, disrupting flights, the suburban train system and road traffic, besides claiming two lives, officials said.
The India Meteorological Department has forecast heavy rains with thundershowers in the city and suburbs over the next 48 hours, with isolated extreme heavy rainfall in some areas till Monday. According to the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation, the city was deluged with 76 mm rains till this evening, while the eastern and western suburbs received 28 mm and 32 mm, respectively.
In adjoining Thane, one person was electrocuted and another was killed due to a lightning strike at Uttan in Bhayander. There were at least two incidents of building crashes as water-logging was reported from several parts in Mumbai.
At least two firemen were injured, when a portion of a dilapidated building on fire suddenly crashed in south Mumbai's Fort area, earlier this morning.
Four persons sustained minor injuries, when the roof slab of a four-storeyed building Munji House crashed at Prabhadevi in central Mumbai, late on Friday. Flights at Mumbai airport were affected, with Jet Airways announcing delays of around 40 minutes for departures and 20 minutes for arrivals due to congestion and bad weather till 1500 hrs.
With a thunderstorm warning forecast over the Delhi Airport, more flight disruptions were expected in Mumbai. The BMC said despite the heavy rains, owing to corrective works carried out in 120 areas, flooding was prevented in even the most flood-prone zones in the city on Saturday. (UNI)