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IMD downgrades its warning for Sunday from red to orange alert

09:28 AM Jun 13, 2021 | Pratip Acharya

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), on Saturday evening, downgraded its warning issued to Mumbai and Thane districts for Sunday, June 13, to orange from its earlier red alert.

Owing to the low pressure developed over the Bay of Bengal, it had issued a red alert in Mumbai for June 13 and June 14, stating that the city is likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall with thunderstorms.

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A similar warning was also issued to the coastal districts of Ratnagiri and Raigad. However, in the evening bulletin of Saturday, June 12, IMD has said that it has downgraded its warning. "The heavy rainfall belt has shifted to southern India and the cyclonic circulation in the Arabian Sea has weakened. So the warning has been updated," said Shubhangi Bhute, scientist IMD, Mumbai.

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Meanwhile, Mumbai woke up to heavy rainfall coupled with thunderstorms on Saturday. Strong winds lashed the city and its suburbs on Saturday, leading to temporary disruptions in railway and transport service.

A Central Railway (CR) spokesperson said the suburban train services between Dadar and Kurla stations on the main line were suspended after the water level above the track. A Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) official said that buses had to be diverted due to waterlogging in as many as 17 of its routes. "Due to more than 61.21 mm rainfall in one hour, coupled with a high tide of 4.34 metres at 1.32 pm and closing of the Mithi river floodgates, the water level rose on the track between Kurla and Sion," said the spokesperson.

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