The city of dreams Mumbai is witnessing incessant heavy rainfall since Saturday morning, with the regional Meteorological Center, Colaba predicting the situation to remain the same for next 24 hours.
The rainfall recorded by the automatic weather stations between August 27 at 8 am and August 28 at 8 am was 102 mm. Rain in Worli was 63.75 mm, Byculla 78.21 mm, Bhandup, 90.63 mm and Vikhroli, 111.96 mm. Between 8.30 am to 2.30 pm Monday, the regional Meteorological Centre, Colaba recorded 35.8 mm and the one at Santacruz recorded 28.6 mm of rain.
The situation in the Mumbai city is being compared to July 2005, when the city was paralysed by floods.
Traffic jams were reported on all major roads, including the Eastern and Western Express Highway.Tuesday’s congestion is expected to be worsened by crowds flocking to perform the ritual immersion of the Ganesha, in a major annual festival.
These rains can be attributed to the cyclonic circulation which was over northern parts of Marathwada and adjoining region, this weather system moved westwards and merged with the off shore trough leading to hefty rains across the Konkan coast and adjoining South Gujarat.
The Met department has predicted that the next 48 hours of the rains would be a bad period and has advised people not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary. Multiple flights are also being delayed by several minutes, due to the rains.
Taking into consideration the heavy rainfall warning of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said it was ready to tackle “any eventuality”.
The continuous showers caused waterlogging in Sion, Dadar, Mumbai Central, Kurla, Andheri, Sakinaka areas, which ultimately resulted in slowing down of the traffic, although no major traffic jam was reported.
“Despite heavy rains, no untoward incident was reported and suburban services of the Central Railway, Western Railway, and the Harbour line were normal. The BEST buses were also running smoothly,” a statement issued by civic body said.