The situation in Mumbai after incessant heavy rains.

(KK Choudhary/TOI, BCCL, Mumbai)

At least eight persons perished in different rain-related incidents as torrential rains continued to lash large parts of Maharashtra, Disaster Management officials said on Wednesday.

Six persons travelling in an SUV in Nagpur have been washed away while crossing a small bridge over the heavily flooded Bhrahmanmari Nalla near Kelvad lake on Tuesday. While 3 bodies have been fished out of the flood waters, a search is underway to recover the others missing.

This morning, a hill slide along with falling boulders was reported on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway, choking traffic for several hours before vehicular movement resumed. A minor landslide was also reported at Moroshi on the Kalyan-Murbad Road, disrupting traffic for a couple of hours.

In Mumbai, waterlogging has been reported from Mahalaxmi, Andheri, Jogeshwari, Kurla, Ghatkopar and Gamdevi. Mankhurd, Khar, Vakola and Deonar, resulting in vehicular snarls, diversions, and delays.

As Palghar continued to be clobbered with heavy rains, the district administration ordered the closure of all schools from Wednesday to Thursday to prevent any untoward incidents.

The Pune district has also been ravaged by rains for well into a week and has declared the closure of all schools and junior colleges till July 16 as a precautionary measure.

Additionally, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced that one of the major lakes supplying drinking water to Mumbai, Modak Sagar, started overflowing on Wednesday afternoon.

This helped the six lakes in Mumbai — which require around 3,850 MLD daily — to achieve around 57 per cent of their annual water requirements, providing relief to Mumbaikars.

The IMD has forecast rains of varying intensity in different districts across the state till the weekend, with red or orange alerts in Palghar, Thane, Mumbai, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Pune, Satara, Nashik and Kolhapur, although the situation has eased in parts of western Maharashtra, Vidarbha, Marathwada, and North Maharashtra.

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