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Though there was a let up in the rain that had made life miserable for the last four days, Mumbaikars and their counterparts in far-flung suburbs, particularly the twin towns of Vasai-Virar, continued to put up considerable hardships on Wednesday.
Normal life in the flood-affected towns of Vasai and Virar towns, which collectively account for 15 lakh population, remained crippled for the fifth consecutive day. The people had gone without power and drinking water supply in these two towns for the past two days. The people faced cash crunch as the ATMs had gone dry in most parts of Virar- Vasai towns and neighbouring areas.
Such was the sorry state of affairs that the people in Vasai town without power for the third consecutive day. The state-run MSEDCL restored power in the town by stages and the process was completed late on Wednesday evening.
Several towns in the Virar-Vasai belt comprising Naigaum, Vasai, Nalasopara and Virar had received more than 750 mm of rainfall during the past five days. Owing to severe water-logging in most parts of these towns and along the railway tracks, suburban train services had been badly affected, prompting large sections of office-goers not to stir out of their homes.
With water receding from tracks and the authorities repairing the electrical cables, signalling and other equipment that had been damaged between the Vasai-Virar stations, the Western Railway began to restore its suburban and long-distance train services.
“Owing to very heavy rains yesterday and subsequent water logging at Nallasopara-Vasai of Mumbai Suburban network, there had been a disruption in suburban services. However, we restored the suburban traffic was resumed at 6.00 am today The first local train from Virar to Churchgate ran at 06.22 am, whereas the first down slow local from Churchgate to Virar was started at 08.50 hrs,” a Western Railway spokesperson said.
“By 14.15 hrs the remaining down fast line too was restored and all 4 lines were opened between Vasai and Virar. However, several long distances were cancelled or terminated following continued water4-logging on tracks,” the spokesperson said.
Several long distance trains of Western Railway were also affected on Wednesday, 11th July 2018. The following trains have been Cancelled/Short Terminated due to water logging:-
With the suburban trains not fully restored, there were huge crowds of commuters in the suburban trains and also on various railways in Mumbai and its western suburbs.
Meanwhile, severe traffic jams were reported from Western Express Highway, Eastern Express Highway, Ghodbunder Road, Mumbra Bypass, Ambadi Road and the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway.
Taking serious cognisance of the reports of people being trapped at the tourist spot Chincholi water falls in Vasai taluka, the Thane district administration imposed
orders restricting the people from visiting the potentially dangerous picnic spots like waterfalls, catchment area, etc
“Prohibition orders will remain in force till July 31 at Malshej, Singapur Naneghat, Ghodbunder, Mumbra bypass, Uttan and Bhatsa catchment in Shahpur,” an official spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, India Meteorological Department (IMD) stated on Wednesday that Mumbai received the highest rainfall on Tuesday's torrential downpour.
The Island city of Mumbai registered 165.8 mm rains on Tuesday as against the normal of 17.8 mm, or 831 percent higher, while the city suburbs recorded 184.3 mm rainfall, as against the normal of 19.4 mm, which was 850 percent higher.
Meanwhile, the IMD stated that the cyclonic circulation over Chhattisgarh and neighbourhood had moved northwards.
In what came as a relief, the IMD withdrew heavy rainfall warning issued to people in the greater Mumbai.
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