Hundreds stuck in India's financial capital Mumbai as heavy rain disrupts rail service

Rivers in the western state of Maharashtra were flooded after authorities released water from dams made full after many parts on the west coast received more than 200mm of rain.
Rivers in the western state of Maharashtra were flooded after authorities released water from dams made full after many parts on the west coast received more than 200mm of rain.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

MUMBAI (REUTERS) - Hundreds of passengers were stuck in India's financial capital, Mumbai, and nearby towns on Monday (Aug 5) after two days of heavy rain flooded rivers and undermined railway tracks, forcing the authorities to cancel or divert dozens of long-distance trains.

Rivers in the western state of Maharashtra were flooded after the authorities released water from dams made full after many parts on the west coast received more than 200mm of rain.

Trains were cancelled due to the heavy downpours and because a boulder fell on one line, railway authorities said on Twitter.

Schools and colleges in Mumbai and neighbouring districts were also closed on Monday following a warning by the weather office of heavy rainfall, the Maharashtra chief minister's office tweeted.

Financial markets were open in Mumbai, which is often touted as a potential rival to China's financial powerhouse Shanghai but, like many Indian cities, is hampered by poor infrastructure.

Hundreds of houses and a few Hindu temples on the banks of the Godavari river were flooded in the neighbouring town of Nashik after floodwater was released from a dam.