Mumbai: At least four persons, including a minor boy, were killed and two others hurt in separate incidents as monsoon made a grand entry in Mumbai and surroundings on Friday, hitting normal life with the usual woes of water-logging in many areas, delays in flights, road, and train traffic.
In Goregaon suburb of north-west Mumbai, four persons of a family including a minor girl suffered electrocution from some live wires in the vicinity of their home in which two perished and two were injured.
The deceased are — Rajendra Yadav, 60 and Sanjay Yadav, 24, while the injured victims are Dipu Yadav, 24, and five-year-old Asha Yadav, said the BMC Disaster Control.
In another incident in Andheri, a 60-year old woman Kashima Yudiyar, was electrocuted near the RTO office and declared dead on admission to a hospital.
An eight-year-old boy, Mahender Badga from Teranpada village in Vikramgad in adjoining Thane district, died when struck by lightning as he played outside his home Friday, police said.
Three persons — Chandrakant Todavale, Chetan Tatthe and Vijay Naagar — were injured in a wall collapse outside their home, in which the condition of Naagar is described as critical.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said in the last five hours, its weather station has recorded an average rainfall of 43.23 mm in the island city, 64.14 mm in eastern suburbs and 78.21 mm in western suburbs.
The civic body said the flow of road traffic has been reported to be slow, while suburban services of the Central and Western Railways were running behind schedule.
Heavy showers will help in improving stock in reservoirs
Meanwhile, heavy showers brought cheers to civic officials who said they will help in improving stock in reservoirs supplying water to the metropolis.
Since monsoon has been playing truant, the civic administration has been forced to use reserve stock of water from its lakes to fulfill the needs of Mumbaikars.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Mumbai has forecast a few heavy spells of rains later tonight and a wet weekend as rains will continue over the next two days.
The rains brought relief from the sultry heat with temperatures hovering at a comfortable minimum of 24 degrees Celsius and maximum of 30 degrees Celsius since morning.
Besides Mumbai, adjoining districts of Thane, Raigad and Palghar also received good rains since Thursday night, spelling cheer for the farmers and commoners.