Four college girls drowned in a raging waterfall in Navi Mumbai yesterday as the entire coastal Maharashtra experienced torrential rains.
The region went on a high alert for the next 72 hours, officials said.
Three teenaged students – Arti Nair, Neha Dama and Shweta Nand, students of SIES College in Nerul, Navi Mumbai – who skipped lectures for an impromptu picnic to the treacherous Pandavakada Waterfalls, drowned yesterday morning.
The details of another victim, Neha Ashok Jain, who hailed from Chembur are not known.
Kharghar police said the bodies of Arti Naik and Neha Dama have been recovered and a search was on to trace the other two victims.
For the second consecutive weekend, heavy rain lashed Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad and Ratnagiri, hitting life and road traffic.
However, suburban trains and flights were not largely affected.
A 78m-long and 1,478 tonne cargo ship from Hazira, Gujarat, went adrift owing to heavy rains and was washed on the rocky shores of Vangaon village in Palghar early yesterday.
Vangaon police chief Rahul Patil and ship’s captain V V Nair said there the 13 crew members on board were safe. They also said the ship had enough food and water on board and was awaiting help from the Surat-based owners Eco Pronch Logistics Ltd.
The ship’s propellers and the hull have reportedly suffered damage as it hit the rocks in the Arabian Sea at 4am, paralysing the vessel.
In another incident, a fire due to suspected electrical short circuit broke out in Navrang Building in the congested Abdul Rehman Street in south Mumbai. Three women and a man who were trapped in the smoke were rescued safely.
However, at least three firemen suffered injuries due to suffocation and were hospitalised.
Mumbai, which has been experiencing virtually incessant rains for 10 days, witnessed a fresh spell of heavy downpour from midnight, with many low-lying areas in the city and suburbs, subways and arterial roads submerged under 3 to 4ft of water, severely disrupting traffic.
Water-logging was reported from many areas in Nala Sopara, Vasai, Virar, Vikramgad (Palghar district), Mira Road, Bhayander, Thane City, Bhiwandi, Kalyan, Titwala, Ulhasnagar (Thane), Roha, Pali, Mangaon, Karjat, Pen, Panvel (Raigad), and Mandangad, Chiplun, Dapoli (Ratnagiri).
In Mumbai, several areas in Borivali, Kandivali, Andheri, Santacruz, Khar, Bandra, Matunga, Parel, Dadar, Kings Circle, Sion, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar, AKurla, Bhandup, Mulund and other parts were flooded resulting in huge traffic snarls.