The IMD has issued a yellow alert for Mumbai and Thane districts predicting heavy rains at isolated places till Friday. The NDRF has deployed five teams in the city in wake of the heavy rain forecast.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast a very rainy week ahead for Mumbaikars. The weather agency has issued a yellow alert for Mumbai and Thane districts predicting heavy rains at isolated places till Friday.
Five National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed in Mumbai in the wake of the yellow alert.
After a break of a couple of days, heavy rains returned to the Maximum City on Monday, which led to waterlogging in low-lying areas and affected vehicular movement on major roads.
The city’s local train network was also impacted by the downpour. On the CSMT-Thane section, some trains on the mainline were delayed by 10-15 minutes, while a few on the harbour line were 10 minutes late. Trains were running smoothly on the Trans-Harbour link and the Nerul/Belapur to Kharkopar route.
According to civic officials, Mumbai received an average 95.81 mm rainfall in the 24 hour period ending at 8 am on Tuesday, while the eastern and western suburbs recorded 115.09 mm and 116.73 mm rainfall, respectively, during the same period.
The deluge continued on Tuesday morning. The Bandra-Sion T Junction was inundated, resulting in slowdown of traffic in the area as commuters waded through waterlogged stretches.
In view of the incessant rains in Mumbai and waterlogging due to it, a total of eight route diversions have been done at Sion Road no. 24 and Shell Colony, Chembur in Mumbai, the PRO of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) told ANI.
The adjoining areas of Mumbai such as Thane and Navi Mumbai were also lashed by heavy rains for a brief period on Monday.
The weatherman has sounded the orange alert, predicting heavy to very heavy rains at isolated places from June 4 to June 8, for Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts.
A yellow alert has also been issued for the Palghar district for the next two days and an orange alert for the three days thereafter.
A total of eight NDRF teams are stationed in Maharashtra at present: one each at Nagpur, Chiplun and Malad, while the rest of the five teams are in Mumbai. Chiplun and Mahad cities witnessed massive floods last year, prompting authorities to launch major rescue operations. Incidents of landslides were also reported.
Newly sworn-in Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has directed collectors of Raigad and Ratnagiri districts to take precautions in the wake of the heavy rain forecast. “Some rivers have reached the warning level,” read a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office.