MUMBAI/THANE: As heavy rains, accompanied by gusty winds, lashed major parts of Maharashtra stoking fears of a high tide in Mumbai, eight people, including six women, were killed and seven others injured after the boundary wall of an under construction building collapsed and fell on adjoining hutments early today due to heavy rains in Thane.
Torrential rains since last night have dislocated normal life in the city, besides disrupting air and train traffic in the Metro.
Thane control room sources said at around 0430 hrs, the boundary wall of Dosti company in Dyaneshwar Nagar collapsed on the adjoining hutment, killing eight dwellers and injuring seven others.
Sources in Disaster Control Room of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said owing to overnight's torrential rainfall road and rail traffic had been affected in the morning, causing hardship to people in reaching their destination.
Office-goers were seen standing on the platforms waiting for suburban trains, which were running behind schedule by 15 to 20 minutes on the Main and Harbour lines of Central Railway due to heavy rains. A tree was uprooted and fell on the railway lines between Dadar and Matunga stations of Western Railway, throwing normal suburban train services out of gear, the sources said.
Due to this, the WR authorities diverted the train services from slow line to the fast track, they added.
The flight operations were also delayed considerably after the runway was inundated with rain water.
During the last 24 hours ended at 0830 hrs today, Colaba received 78.6 mm of rainfall and Santacruz 95 mm, weather bureau sources said.
The BMC officials have already issued notices to the tenants of more than 700 dilapidated buildings to vacate the premises or face legal action.
The weather bureau has forecast high tide of 4.70 metres during the day amidst heavy rains.