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Red alert over India’s Mumbai

amid severe waterlogging

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 10:40 PM, 27 July 2019  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for Sunday, signifying further heavy spells of rain in the state. The Indian Air Force also airlifted over 120 people stuck in different parts of Thane district, news Indian Express.

Even as several districts of Maharashtra reeled under the impact of heavy rainfall on Saturday, around 1000 passengers on board Mahalaxmi Express had a harrowing time after the train was stranded on the tracks due to flash floods in Thane. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for Sunday, signifying further heavy spells of rain in the state.

The Indian Air Force also airlifted over 120 people stuck in different parts of Thane district due to flash floods while a 30-year-old labourer died after he suffered electric shock in Kalwa. PTI quoted an official as saying that Shiv Nayaran Gupta came into contact with a high-tension overhead cable while laying a plastic sheet on the tin roof of a school amid heavy rains.

The incessant rains also led to the cancellation of 11 flights and diversion of nine from the Mumbai airport while a wall collapsed at Tilak Nagar in Kalyan in a housing society. No injuries were reported. Follow LIVE updates

Waterlogging brings several districts to a standstill

Due to incessant rains, several parts of the state were waterlogged, causing massive traffic snarls. There were reports of waterlogging from railway stations and subways, leaving people stranded for hours. Heavy rains led to flooding in the tracks in Thane district, resulting in the Kolhapur-bound Mahalaxmi Express getting stranded near Vangani.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah applauded the effort of the rescue team, calling it “exemplary”. “We were closely monitoring the entire operation. Kudos to the rescue teams for their exemplary effort,” he said.

At Mumbai International airport, as many as 11 flights were cancelled while at least nine were diverted to nearby airports on Saturday, an airport official said. Suburban train lines, the lifeline of the city, too were severely affected because of massive waterlogging.

Central Railway chief spokesperson Sunil Udasi told PTI that heavy rainfall and an overflowing Ulhas river resulted in waterlogging at Ambernath due to which a few trains were short-terminated or cancelled.

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