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Weather office predicts “heavy to very heavy” rains in Mumbai.

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MUMBAI: The India Meteorological Department on Saturday evening predicted “heavy to very heavy” rains in Mumbai, including “extremely heavy” rain in isolated places, for Sunday.

The Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation said it was prepared for the monsoon onslaught and asked citizens to be careful.

“BMC has alerted its citizens about the possibility of extremely heavy rainfall tomorrow accompanied by lightning during the day. The civic machinery, including the Disaster Management Cell, has been put on alert,” a civic body spokesperson told PTI.

He said, wherever required, ward officials have been asked to visit areas in their jurisdiction to monitor the situation on the ground.

“We appeal to citizens to be careful and avoid venturing into the sea, and not to open manholes,” he added.

In a statement in the evening, Central Railway informed that over 1,000 passengers rescued from the Mumbai- Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express earlier on Saturday afternoon made their onward journey in a special train that left from Kalyan at 6:10 pm. The train will go via Manmad, Pune and Daund to Kolhapur, CR chief public relations officer Sunil Udasi said.

The Mahalaxmi Express marooned near Vangani in neighbouring Thane district after heavy rains caused the Ulhas River to breach its banks. They were rescued by NDRF, Army, Navy, Air Force and railway teams around 3pm after a 17-hour ordeal.

 

 

 

 

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Lethal bomb explosion hits Baghdad amid Anti-Government protest

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Baghdad: A lethal bomb blast has exploded in central Baghdad, the hub of anti-government protests which have gripped Iraq for weeks, as clashes between demonstrators and Iraqi safety forces resumed.

At least six people were killed and around 30 others suffered injuries when a bomb placed under a vehicle detonated near Tahrir Square in downtown Baghdad blast.

The blast, which happened at night, targeted a crowded area in al-Tayaran Square, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official told Xinhua news agency on conditions of anonymity.

It was the very first these incident in the cash due to the fact the demonstrations began in early October, even though it was not quickly very clear no matter if the explosion close to Tayaran Sq. and Tahrir Square specific the protesters.

Protesters had repeatedly regrouped from under clouds of tear gas as they fought to tear down a concrete wall blocking access to Khilani Square.

Security forces erected the barrier to keep the demonstrations from crossing a bridge that leads to the fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies.

The clashes come as rights teams condemned using extreme pressure by police and safety forces when coping with peaceable demonstrators, in addition to medical employees and ambulances.

Since October 1, Iraqis have been pouring onto the streets of Baghdad and southern cities to protest in opposition to corruption and the federal government’s failure to ship fundamental companies and financial alternatives.

The protesters’ calls for have since widened to incorporate the resignation of the federal government and a full overhaul of the nation’s political system, which was established after a US-led invasion that critics say has allowed sure people and teams to counterpoint themselves and increase their affect.

A minimum of 320 folks have died since October 1 with greater than 15,000 wounded through the protests, in line with the Iraqi Parliament human rights fee.

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