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Heavy rains submerges Mumbai roads and rail, delays flights at airport

Christian Fernsby |
India's financial hub Mumbai was water-logged following heavy rains leading to suspension of local train services, though airport operations were functioning with some delays.

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The city has been experiencing incessant rains for the past several days and the heavy down pour since Friday night has led to low-lying areas and arterial roads being submerged 3-4 feet under water that severely disrupted traffic.

"Due to high tide and water level increase, Suburban services are suspended," said a tweet by Indian Railway official.

"India Meteorological Department gave extremely heavy rainfall warning for next 24 hours from 3 August 1300 hours (local time). Citizens to note and avoid venturing around the sea and at waterlogged areas," the Mumbai civic authority - Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said.

At Kharghar 28 km from Mumbai, one person was drowned while three persons are missing from a water-fall. Police and fire brigade officials are at the site.

In the adjacent Thane district 23 km from Mumbai - one person was electrocuted as heavy rains while in another incident a person suffered serious injuries after the roof of a bakery caved in.

An incident of fire on the mezzanine floor of a four-storey building was also reported in South Mumbai.

People stranded on the upper floors were safely evacuated and no injuries were reported, said the Mumbai fire-brigade official.

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