Heavy rains have lashed Mumbai and adjoining Navi Mumbai and Thane regions on Tuesday causing three deaths, which also included two minors in two separate house collapse incidents in suburban Vikroli, police said.
In the first incident in the hilly Suryanagar area, a house at a higher level collapsed on one below, trapping a one-and-a-half-year-old infant, Nikhil, 40-year-old Suresh Arjun Prasad Mourya and Kiran Baby Pal (25), a senior police official said.
They were taken to a nearby civic hospital where Nikhil and Mourya were declared dead before admission, the official said.
At Varshanagar hill area of Vikroli Parksite, a protective wall collapsed on a house, killing two-year-old Kalyani Jangam on the spot, he said. Her parents Gopal Jangam (36) and Chhaya Jangam (30) suffered injuries.
They have been admitted to a hospital, the official said.
The India Meteorological Department has predicted even more heavy rainfall in next 48 hours, hence Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued an advisory asking citizens to stay home and not venture out unless absolutely necessary.
Rain-hit suburban train services in Mumbai slowly came back to normalcy with the first train chugging out of the Churchgate station around midnight.
Traffic on the Western Railway suburban network had come to a grinding halt earlier on Tuesday due to torrential downpour. The first train left Churchgate in south Mumbai for Virarat 2358 hrs, the Western Railway tweeted. "Evacuation of all stranded passengers is priority and trains will be run throughout the night, if required," it said.
Navy helicopters are on standby to meet any eventuality in Mumbai and its adjoining areas, while the NDRF too has been put on alert.
(With PTI Inputs)