Maharashtra: Heavy monsoon rains on Tuesday strikes Mumbai and adjoining areas, disrupting rail, road and air services and threw normal life out of gear.

The death toll figure in has now gone upto 15 in Maharashtra, 5 died while in the Konkan belt of Palghar, about 90 km from Mumbai, another 4 persons were washed away in floods.

A 14-year-old boy was also missing and have reported to have fell in drain in Thane.

Several people were also injured by falling trees and wall collapse, police said, a day after the city recorded 298mm of rainfall, the highest in a day in August since 1997.

Schools and colleges have been asked to remain shut by authorities.

The Maharashtra government offices and educational institutions in the city and adjoining areas remained closed, as declared by the State administration as a precautionary measure on Tuesday evening.

Adjoining areas of Navi Mumbai and Thane regions were also lashed by incessant downpour since Monday night, delaying suburban train services and leaving vehicles crawling through waterlogged roads in low-lying areas.

The railways have canceled 16 trains today and Some trains have also been canceled on August 31 and September 1.

Air India has waived off all cancellation fees for flights to and fro Mumbai for the second consecutive day.

Floods in 2005 killed more than 500 people in the city. The majority of deaths occurred in shanty town slums, which are home to more than half of Mumbai’s population.

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