Heavy rains clobbered the country’s commercial capital Mumbai, the coastal Konkan and other parts of the state since last night, inundating many towns, villages in different areas, hitting road and rail traffic, officials said here on Tuesday.
Personally monitoring, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has put all districts on high alert and directed them to make all arrangements including shifting of people living in vulnerable areas as the incessant rains continued.
In Mumbai, the chronic floor-prone areas like Sion, Wadala, Kings Circle, Bhandup, Parel, Kurla and Nehru Nagar were flooded with knee-deep or waist-deep water, several subways were waterlogged hampering east-west traffic movement and traffic crawling at a snail’s pace on the two highways.
The Central Railway and Western Railway suburban trains as well as Mumbai Metro services were operating normally after overnight downpour.
The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has deployed extra pumps to eject the flood waters in several areas.
Other coastal districts of Palghar, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg were also lashed by heavy rains with big and small local rivers swelling above the danger levels.
Many towns like Chiplun, Vaibhavwadi, Ambet, Khed, Poladpur and others were flooded with road traffic closed, and a minor hillslide reported in a couple of areas in the Western Ghats in Ratnagiri district.
Villagers living in the vicinity of landslide or hillslide prone areas and on the banks of rivers or the Arabian Sea have been put on high alert with the major Vashishth and Jagbudi rivers flooded and flowing above the danger marks in some areas.
The Kundalika river has also crossed the danger mark, while Amba, Savitri, Patalganga, Ulhas and Gadi rivers are flowing close to the danger levels.
The IMD’s Regional Meteorological Centre has forecast heavy rains in Mumbai and coastal Maharashtra for the next four days, with an Orange Alert sounded.
The entire west coast from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala is covered with dense clouds with the possibility of very heavy to heavy rains, and isolated extremely heavy rains for the coastal regions plus central and western Maharashtra, said IMD-Pune head K. S. Hosalikar.
The state government is keeping an eagle eye on the monsoon situation unfolding in different areas and has kept teams of NDRF, SDRF and other disaster agencies on high alert to be deployed at short notice.
Shinde has asked for specific monitoring in Palghar, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and Kolhapur districts to keep all agencies in top preparedness for any eventuality.
Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the government has reviewed the rainfall situation in the state and the administration has been put on a high alert.
Mumbai Monsoon Update: Heavy rain alert in Palghar including Mumbai, Thane, thunderstorm likely on Friday
Mumbai: Climate in Mumbai Rains that had stopped for the last several days made a vigorous presence again in Mumbai city and suburbs since Thursday morning. It has been raining continuously in Mumbai since morning. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has warned of heavy rains in Mumbai, Thane and Palghar on Thursday and Friday. Due to this, rain is likely to continue in these areas for the next few hours. The weather department has also predicted rain with thunderstorms on Friday.
It had stopped raining for the past several days
However, the intensity of rain is likely to increase in the state due to the formation of a low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal. The Meteorological Department estimates that there is a possibility of heavy rain in most parts of the state for the next two to three days. The Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rain in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigarh, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts for the next two days.
Delhi Rains: Waterlogging, Traffic Snarls in Many Parts After Heavy Rain Lashes National Capital
Heavy rain lashed the national capital on Saturday, leading to waterlogging and traffic snarls in several parts of the city. Waterlogging was reported at the Badarpur metro station, RK Puram, and AIIMS, while massive snarls were witnessed at the Mathura Road, Mehrauli, Peeragarhi in the morning.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted that Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana will experience light to moderate scattered rainfall with fairly widespread occurrences from Friday to Sunday.
Following the rainfall, the minimum temperature in the national capital on Saturday dipped to 25 degrees Celsius, two notches below the seasonal average. The IMD has predicted moderate rain through the day.
The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 34 degrees Celsius and the relative humidity at 8.30 a.m. on Saturday morning was recorded at 100 per cent.
Mumbai rains: After heavy rainfall IMD issues red alert
After witnessing heavy rainfall for more than a week, Mumbai is facing another episode of extremely heavy rainfall on Wednesday and Thursday. The Indian Meteorological Department has issued red alert for the Mumbai City and Suburban area from 8 pm on Wednesday till Thursday afternoon. In the wake of heavy rainfall, schools have been shut in the city. There is a high possibility of disruption in traffic, local train, and bus services. Know all updates about rainfall situation in Mumbai here.
Amid heavy rainfall, the collective water capacity of total 7 lakes of Mumbai was filled by 61.58% on Thursday, data released by BMC showed.
As the city continues to receive severe rainfall, the spokesperson of the Brihan mumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking told that there was no bus route diversion anywhere in the city on Thursday.
Amid heavy rainfall, the Colaba observatory recorded “extremely heavy” rainfall at 223.2 mm. The Santacruz observatory (representative of suburbs) recorded 145.1 mm rainfall in the 24-hour period ending at 8.30 am on Thursday, according to the IMD Mumbai.
Despite extreme rainfall, local trains are running on time in Mumbai. The Western Railway division informed that the trains are running normally in Mumbai Suburban route and Harbour line.Heavy rainfall continues to batter many parts of the city on Thursday. IMD has issued red alert for the city today.
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