Mumbai Rains Live Updates: After being battered by heavy rainfall for the last two days, Mumbai might see less intense spells on Thursday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a late night bulletin. The weather department added that there was some decrease in the cloud mass around the city.
“The Doppler weather radar Mumbai is showing up a little reduction in cloud mass around Mumbai. Intermittent intense spells are going on in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and North Konkan,” said K S Hosalikar, deputy director general of IMD, Mumbai. “Reduction in activity is expected from tomorrow onwards as per the IMD global forecast system model guidance. The IMD will update about it tomorrow,” he added.
The weather department also issued an orange alert for Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Pune, Kolhapur and Satara districts in Maharashtra.
A day after heavy showers pounded Mumbai and neighbouring areas, the rain intensity reduced on Thursday morning and water receded in some flooded areas, leading to gradual resumption of rain and road transport services, officials said. However, some areas in south Mumbai, which witnessed a record rain on Wednesday, were still water-logged, they said. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted moderate to heavy rainfall in the city and suburbs and intense showers in some parts of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region in next 24 hours.
“Rains have reduced since night, but Colaba has been setting up another record for August rainfall,” he tweeted. While some areas of south Mumbai were still inundated, water receded in most other parts of the city and suburbs, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. According to BMC’s update till 8 am, areas like BPT Colony at Wadala, Nair Hospital in central Mumbai, Maharshi Karve Road and Sakkar Panchayat area in south Mumbai were still water-logged. (PTI)
The heavy rain that lashed South Mumbai Wednesday led to flooding at JJ Hospital, the state’s largest government health facility. The hospital’s emergency ward, located on the ground floor was inundated, forcing patients, their family members and hospital staff to wade through ankle-deep water. The authorities later shifted patients to the wards on the upper floors. The hospital is not a Covid-19 facility.
The lobby, waiting area outside MRI/CT scan facilities, the radiology department, and superintendent’s office were also flooded. The hospital premises, right up to the front gates, were also waterlogged. Read more here
Following torrential rainfall on Wednesday, Mumbai has clocked 2,319.7 mm rain, which is more than the season’s average rainfall – 2,260.4 mm – in the first 65 days of monsoon that spans across four months, from June to September. Last year, Mumbai rainfall had reached its seasonal tally on August 4.
In the 12 hours, ending at 8.30 pm Wednesday, Santacruz weather observatory, representative of the suburbs and Mumbai, recorded heavy rain at 103 mm, while the Colaba observatory broke the all-time record of 24-hour rain in August at 293.8 mm in the same period.
In the first five days of August, Mumbai has received 78 per cent of the month’s average rain. The Santacruz weather observatory recorded 459.3 mm rain from August 1 to 5 (until 8.30 pm). Out of which 99 per cent was recorded in the last two days when the city received extremely heavy to heavy rain. The monthly average rain for August is 585.2 mm. Read more here
Due to incessant rains in the state, Pune headquartered 5th Battalion of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 15 of its teams in Western and Coastal Maharashtra. Four teams have been deployed in Kolhapur, two teams in Sangli, and one team each in Satara, Thane, Palghar, Nagpur, and Raigad. Five of the teams have been deployed in Mumbai.
Each model team of the NDRF comprises of specialist search and rescue groups comprising of engineering, technical, electrical experts along with staff dog squads and paramedics. In cases where specific requirements arise, teams are reconfigured.
A delivery boy pushes his scooter after it stopped working along a waterlogged road following heavy rainfall in Mumbai, India, August 5, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas
Breaking its “all-time” record of the highest 24-hour rain in August, the Colaba observatory recorded 293.8 mm rain ending at 8:30 pm on Wednesday — highest in 46 years. The Colaba observatory was set up in 1841, while the archive data is available from 1974.
Mumbai’s island city received this season’s most intense showers, recording 229.6 mm rain in nine hours between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm on Wednesday — highest to be recorded in 22 years for August.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday spoke to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and assured him all possible support. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Maharashtra CM Shri Uddhav Thackeray regarding the situation prevailing in Mumbai and surrounding areas due to heavy rainfall,” the PMO tweeted.
The heavy rain and high speed winds caused flooding and massive damage in south Mumbai on Wednesday afternoon. While no injuries were reported over a hundred trees were uprooted. The gusty winds destroyed the iconic signage mounted on top of the Bombay Stock Exchange building.
(With PTI inputs)