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BEST,rail services hit as heavy rains lash Mumbai

Torrential rains continued to lash the metropolis and its neighbouring areas for the second day on Tuesday, disrupting railway services and badly affecting normal life. As a result, Mumbai ‘Dabbawalas’ or lunch box carriers have cancelled their services for today.

Suburban services were suspended on a section of the Western Railway (WR) due to waterlogging on tracks and several long-distance and inter-city express trains were delayed or cancelled, officials said.

The downpour flooded many roads and streets in low-lying areas of the city and its adjoining districts of Palghar and Thane. People at some places were seen wading through waist-deep water.

The Tulsi lake — a major source of water supply for the city and its suburbs — overflowed due to the heavy showers.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rain till Thursday.

Mumbai witnessed heavy rain for the third consecutive day which brought train services and road traffic at a halt.

Mumbai Education Minister had declared schools and colleges in Mumbai to be closed on Monday as a precautionary measure.

The city received 54 per cent of its average monsoon season rainfall just in the last 20 day, the city’s civic body noted.

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