Hundreds stuck in Mumbai as heavy rain disrupts rail service

Hundreds of passengers were stuck in Indias financial capital, Mumbai, and nearby towns on Monday after two days of heavy rain flooded rivers and undermined railway tracks, forcing authorities to cancel or divert dozens of long-distance trains. 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 200 mm (8 inches) 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 ministers office tweeted. Financial markets were open in Mumbai, which is often touted as a potential rival to Chinas 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.