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Heavy rain leaves parts of Mumbai water-logged, hits local train services

The Fact News Service
Maharashtra, June 9
The south-west monsoon arrived in Mumbai and its neighbouring areas on Wednesday, the IMD announced as heavy rains lashed the country’s financial capital and suburbs since early morning. Local train services from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji MaharajTerminus (CSMT) to neighbouring Thane and Vashi in Navi Mumbai were suspended due to water-logging on some railway tracks, officials said. Routes of some BEST buses run the city civic body’s transport wing were also diverted, they said.
“It’s monsoon arrival in Mumbai today,” said Dr Jayanta Sarkar, head of the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Mumbai office. “GOOD NEWS. Onset of SW Monsoon declared over Mumbai Thane Palghar today 9th June. Monsoon line today passing frm  Valsad(Gujarat), Nagpur in Maharashtra & then Bhadrachalam Tuni..Conditions r favourable for onset of monsoon in remaining parts of Maharashtra in nxt 2,3 days,” the IMD’s head SID, Climate Research & Services at Pune, K S Hosalikar, tweeted. Several parts of the city and suburbs witnessed heavy rainfall along with thunder in the morning.
As per the BMC, the island city, eastern suburbs and western suburbs recorded 48.49 mm, 66.99 mm and 48.99 mm rain, respectively, in the 24-hour period ending at 8 am on Wednesday.
The first heavy rain of this monsoon disrupted local train services here. There was water-logging between Sion and Chunabhatti stations on the Central Railway (CR) route. The local train services were initially suspended on the CR’s main line between CSMT and Kurla from 9.50 am. Later, the train services were suspended between CSMT and Thane (main line), and between CSMT and Vashi (Harbour line)  from 10.20 am, CR’s chief spokesperson Shivaji Sutar said. “Services on the Trans-Harbour line and BSU (Uran) lines are running smoothly. Also, shuttle services from Thane to Karjat/Kasara and Vashi-Panvel are running,” he said.
Water pumps were being operated to clear inundation, he said, adding that drains and culverts were flowing smoothly.

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