2 persons died in Nandurbar and Jalgaon following lightning

FPJ POLITICAL BUREAU MUMBAI

MONSOON seems to have set in with heavy

rains lashing the city and suburbs besides other parts of the state on Sunday. Though no casualties were reported from the city, two persons died in Nandurbar and Jalgaon after being struck by lightning.

The much- awaited monsoon seems to have arrived earlier than the usual date.

In Mumbai, June 10 is the usual monsoon onset date.

However, this year, the Southwest monsoon reached the country three days in advance, on May 28, and two days before time in Maharashtra on June 3 and since then, rains have been lashing. But on Sunday, heavy downpour hit the city and suburbs bringing some respite for the citizens from the sweltering heat.

" The winds have come from the South- westerly direction and it will rain through the day and over a larger area, unlike the premonsoon showers," MET said.

Sunday was quoted cloudy with dark clouds bringing rains along with lightening in the afternoon and evening During the day, humidity levels crossed 90% in both south Mumbai and suburbs.

Humidity levels will continue to remain very high in the city resulting in cloud formation and resultant rains.

The rains have caused water- logging in some areas like Kurla, Dadar and Sion near the railway stations, while tree- collapse incidents were reported in Wadala, Mahim and Kurla.

Rains threw the rail and road transport systems out of gear, and even disrupting air traffic. Trains were running late on both the Central and Harbour lines.

Though it was Sunday and there were no peak hour passengers, those travelling were stranded.

Services on the main Central Railway route were also disrupted. " Trains ran behind schedule by more than 30 minutes," said a CR official.

The services were hit as a couple of trains had to be cancelled and the operational services were running behind schedule.

There was a heavy traffic jam across the roads and highways causing great inconvenience to the people.

Traffic snarls across the city were caused due to water- logging in Byculla, Dadar, Matunga, Mahim and linking road in Bandra and Ghodbander Road in Thane.

The BMC disaster control room, however, denied any occurrence of water- logging.

" There were a few incidents of trees being uprooted and drains choked," the official said.

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