Mumbai rains: IMD warns of heavy rainfall, flooding in most parts of city

ST Staff
Monday, 6 July 2020

The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rainfall on Monday in Mumbai

Mumbai: For three consecutive days till Sunday, Mumbai has been experiencing heavy rains resulting in water-logging in low-lying areas in the city.

Rainfalls reported between July 4 and 5 have been greater or equal to 204.5mm which falls under IMD's extremely heavy rain category. Thane received rainfall of 377mm, pats of Navi Mumbai like Belapur, Nerul and Juinagar recorded rainfall of 226mm, 225mm, and 221mm respectively.

The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rainfall on Monday (today) could lead to water-logging in low-lying areas and localised flooding in the city. The traffic may have to be regulated as per the situation. IMD's impact-based forecast report reveals the city has so far received 488.9mm rain for the first five days of this month. 488.9mm rainfall accounts for 58.1 per cent of the entire month's average rains which is 840.7mm.

In the month of June, Mumbai recorded a total rainfall of 395mm, it is considered to be the lowest monthly rains in the last five years.

In a TOI report, KS Hosalikar, the deputy director-general of IMD said, “In the 24 hours ending on Sunday morning at 8.30 am, Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai recorded extremely heavy rainfall. Heavy rainfall warnings for the entire Maharashtra coast are already in place by the IMD. The impact of three days of heavy rain reported over the weekend has been such that negative rain departures of June are now largely positive."

According to the weather bureau, Colaba observatory reported 915.6mm rain which is above normal by 204.3mm meanwhile, IMD Santacruz observatory reported 780.1mm rains, which is 99.5mm above normal.

IMD informed on Sunday, “Monsoon remained widespread and active over the entire Konkan belt, including Mumbai, with heavy to very heavy rainfall over many places and isolated extremely heavy falls."

IMD says, due to heavy rains the lakes have now have a stock of 1.15 lakh million litres (7.89 per cent), these lakes supply water to the entire city.

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