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Mumbai bounces to normalcy following let up in rains

Source: PTI
August 03, 2005 13:42 IST
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As the rains held, life in Mumbai became near normal on Wednesday with people reporting to work on resumption of intra-city road and rail services even as some low lying areas remained waterlogged and medical teams fanned out to prevent outbreak of epidemics.

Educational institutions and offices reported almost full attendance and business in the country's commercial capital was back in full swing.

On the Central Railway route (main line), the suburban train services were extended beyond Kalyan upto Karjat since early morning and were expected to be restored upto Pune by evening, Central Railway officials said.

On Western Railway, suburban trains were plying only upto Vasai Road as the services between Virar and Vasai were stopped on Tuesday night owing to flooding.

However, the Harbour line services were back to normal with trains running on schedule between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Panvel and Andheri to Bandra, sources said.

Train movement on CR was affected as people blocked the lines at Mumbra in Thane district in protest against delay in restoration of rail services. Rail traffic was also disrupted at Ghatkopar station for 15 minutes as people agitated in protest against delay in trains.

While the heavy downpour has stopped, intermittent drizzle was reported from several areas. The weatherman has forecast moderate rains in the city, while moderate to heavy rains accompanied by strong gusty winds were predicted for the suburbs.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation workers began clearing the drains and garbage and hundreds of corporation and private doctors fanned out in slums and low lying areas in the city to provide medical help, BMC health officials said.

Although there was no report of any epidemic in the city, cases of fever, vomitting and diarrhoea had been reported from various localities, which was normal for monsoon season, the health officials observed.

Health posts have been set up at Kurla, Kandivili, Borivili, Andheri, Malad, Goregaon, Ghatkopar, Sion and Dharavi and mobile health units constituted to provide additional health care facilities, officials said.

The Met office said 8.3 mm rainfall was recorded at Colaba, while Santacruz recorded 43.4 mm for the last 24 hours. Kurla, Saki Naka and Kalina localities continued to be submerged.

The Met office has not yet lifted the warning to fishermen, who have been told not to venture into the sea as the sea will be rough to very rough and the warning flag No 3 indicating the danger is in place.

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