Mumbai rains: Red alert issued for city; rail, bus services disrupted

Sakal Times News Desk
Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Mumbai continues to witness heavy rains on Wednesday with rail, bus services disrupted

Mumbai: Mumbai continues to witness heavy rains on Wednesday along with neighbouring areas such as Thane and Palghar districts receive heavy rainfall too. Heavy rains in Mumbai affected ‘Mumbai’s lifeline’ with some local trains and bus services due to waterlogging on rail tracks and roads. Also, the bus services of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST), the city administration’s transport wing, were also affected due to waterlogging on some roads.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Dahanu in Palghar reported over 350 mm rainfall in the in span of 12 hours on Wednesday while some parts in Thane witnessed over 150 mm during the period. Waterlogging was reported in low lying areas of Chembur, Parel, Hindmata, Wadala and other areas of Mumbai.

IMD stated intense rainfall is likely to continue Mumbai today with city is on red alert. The city received heavy rainfall at isolated places in the last 12 hours with more effect was on western suburbs with rainfall over than 150 mm. Regions such as Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Raigad, Palghar, Ahmednagar and Nashik of Maharashtra are already on red alert.

Mumbai Police Commissioner also advised people to take precautions during rains. Param Bir Singh on his Twitter handle said, “Let us all take adequate precautions to ensure our safety - just until the coast is clear.”

Three people lost their lives in the intense rainfall in the part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) reported its deadliest spell of rain from Monday night to Tuesday morning, which claimed at least three lives in separate incidents. Mumbai reported its second-highest 24-hour rain (268.6mm) in August in 10 years, while also outstanding the 2,000-mm rainfall mark for the season.

Meanwhile, roads in Mumbai continued to witness flooding. Roads in the areas namely Dadar TT, Shivaji Chowk, Hindmata, Goregaon, Bandra Talkies, Sion Road were flooded.

59MM RAINFALL IN 24 HOURS IN PUNE

Mumbai’s neighbouring city Pune reported 59 mm rainfall in 24 hours. As per the weather department, the district is likely to report moderate to heavy rains in the next two days.  Also, the catchment areas of four dams - Khadakwasla, Varasgaon Panshet and Temghar which deliver water to the city - received good rainfall.

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