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Pre-monsoon rains lash Maharashtra, trees uprooted; traffic affected, multiple flights diverted at Mumbai airport

The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a warning stating that thunderstorm, accompanied with gusty winds with lightning is likely to occur in Thane during the next few hours.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Mumbai [ Updated: June 14, 2018 12:43 IST ]

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Several parts of the city received rains accompanied by heavy winds and lightning, leading to water logging at some places. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's Disaster Control Room, in a statement, said that maximum rainfall of 46 mm was recorded in Andheri area followed by Dahisar (43mm), Dharavi (39 mm), Wadala (35mm) and Byculla (33mm).

It added that 39 cases of tree falling were also reported and traffic snarls were observed in Dharavi and Dadar TT circle. A Disaster Control Room official said that there was no report of any untoward incident due to the rains.

Trains on Western and Central Railways were running late by 15-25 minutes. Flight operations were affected at the Mumbai Airport and 18 flights of various airlines were diverted, an airport spokesperson said. The spokesperson added that flight operations were delayed on an average by 45 minutes. 

Earlier the Indian Meteorological Department had predicted that monsoon is likely to reach Maharashtra and Goa in the next two days. Rain over the western coast, especially in Mumbai, is likely to peak between June 8 and 10, private agency Skymet said.

"Sustained heavy raining coming for a week starting on the 6th of June. (June) 8/9/10 can be extremely heavy. Warnings should be issued now. Just stay indoors," Skymet CEO Jatin Singh said on Twitter. 

A cyclonic circulation is forming over Konkan and Goa, and it will gradually move north along the Maharashtra coast, Mahesh Palawat, vice-president, Skymet, said. 

"Mumbai, Dahanu, Thane, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg could witness heavy to very heavy rains and extremely heavy rains from June 6-10. From June 10-11, Surat, Valsad and adjoining districts of south Gujarat will also receive heavy to very rains," Palwat said. 

On Saturday, three people, including two children, died due to electrocution as pre-monsoon showers hit Mumbai. 

The mega-city and the western coast are prone to very heavy rains.


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