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Maharashtra death toll climbs to 891

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Last updated on: July 31, 2005 16:30 IST
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Heavy overnight rains in Mumbai and Raigad districts affected normal life and inundated several low-lying areas as the death toll due to the monsoon fury increased to 891 in Maharashtra.

Traffic on many roads in the city was thrown out of gear and trains on the central and harbour lines were running slowly, official sources said on Sunday.

All international and domestic flights in and out of Mumbai were also affected for more than six hours due to poor visibility following heavy rain, airport officials said.

A large number of trees were uprooted across the city since Saturday night but there was no loss of life, fire brigade sources said.

 In Raigad district, where landslides and wall collapses occurred last week, flood water had entered Mahad town, Nagothane, Roha and surrounding areas, district administration sources said.

There was a fresh landslide at Krushnagar near Goregaon but there was no damage to life and property, they added.

Meanwhile, the toll across the state since last Monday climbed to 891 with Mumbai alone  accounting for 418 deaths, official sources said.  202 people had died in rain-related incidents in Thane (city and rural), while in Raigad district 119 had succumbed to the rains. Other places which had suffered considerable damage include Navi Mumbai 56, Sindhudurg 6, Ratnagiri district 15, Nanded 8, Parbhani 3, Amravati (rural) 5, Kolhapur 10, Pune (city and rural) 11, Beed 5, Aurangabad (rural) 4 and Yavatmal 7.

All long distant trains on the Central Railway remained cancelled till August six, Railway sources said.  Suburban trains on the Central (Main) were running only upto Kalyan, the sources added.

On the Western Railway, all the long distance trains were running on schedule. The weather office warned fishermen not to venture into sea as it would be 'rough to very rough with southwesterly waves.' However, no warning flag has been hoisted.

The downpour in the city evoked fears among people who are still coming to terms with the devastation wreaked by the century's highest rainfall last Tuesday.

 In Nanded, over 20,000 families staying in low-lying areas on the banks of Godavari river were shifted to relief camps opened by the district administration. 

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