Normal life has been disrupted in Mumbai due to severe waterlogging following heavy rainfall. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday said very intense rainfall is likely to continue over 2-3 hours in Mumbai.
“Mumbai received heavy to very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places in last 24 hrs. Significant amounts of rainfall (mm) received in Mumbai and neighbourhood till 8.30 am today. Santacruz received 286.4 mm, Colaba received 147.8 mm, Thane 119.8 mm, Ratnagiri 39.5 mm and Dhanu 42.1 mm of rainfall. Intense to very intense rainfall is likely to continue in Mumbai during next 2-3 hours,” IMD said.
IMD Mumbai centre deputy director general K S Hosalikar said isolated heavy rainfall is likely in Mumbai, Thane today. "As per IMD GFS guidance, today there could be isolated heavy falls in Konkan including Mumbai, Thane. Satellite image indicating dense cloudy sky over Konkan with possibility of intermittent intense spells in 24hrs. TC as yesterday's RF have caused flood like situation at few places," Hosalikar tweeted.
Mumbai received one of the highest showers in the last 24 hours of this monsoon season and more rainfall is likely in the city and suburbs on Wednesday. Heavy showers overnight and early Wednesday morning caused waterlogging at many places in the metropolis, disrupting rail and road traffic.
The Santacruz observatory (in western suburbs) received 286.4 mm showers during the 24-hour period ending at 8.30 am on Wednesday, which is the fourth highest rainfall in the Maharashtra capital's history.
The Colaba observatory (in south Mumbai) recorded 147.8 mm rainfall during the same period. As per IMD Mumbai's record of Santacruz observatory since 1974, it reported 318.2 mm rainfall in 24 hours on September 23, 1981, 312.4 mm rainfall on September 23, 1993 and 303.7 mm rainfall on September 20, 2017.
Amid heavy rainfall, Mumbai's municipal commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal has asked that all offices and establishments in the city, barring essential services, be shut on Wednesday due to the downpour and IMD's forecast of "heavy to very heavy rains" in the city. A Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) release said Chahal has also appealed Mumbaikars not to step out of their homes, unless it is an emergency.Mumbai Rains: Eastern Freeway shut for vehicular traffic due to heavy rains, traffic snarls
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