Mumbai rains: IMD issues red alert, warns of inundation in low-lying areas

Scattered heavy to very heavy rainfall with isolated extremely heavy rainfall likely in Mumbai city, Thane, Raigad and Ratnagiri districts during the next 18 hours

Public transport in Mumbai and its surrounding areas, operating with limited capacity due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, was disrupted due to water-logging. Photo: PTI

In the wake of the heavy downpour in Mumbai and coastal Maharashtra, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday (July 15) upgraded the warning status from orange to red. The city has been witnessing heavy rains since Tuesday night, resulting in water logging in many areas.

A red alert has been issued for Mumbai, RK Jenamani, a scientist with the National Weather Forecasting Centre, said. The bulletin said scattered heavy to very heavy rainfall with isolated extremely heavy falls are very likely to occur over Mumbai city, Thane, Raigad and Ratnagiri districts during the next 18 hours. The bulletin added that due to the heavy rains, the inundation of low-lying areas is expected. The rains could also lead to disruption in electricity and water supply, local traffic and road transport.

Until 8.30 a.m., Dadar had recorded 15.9 cm of rainfall; Parel 13.2 cm; Colaba 12.9 cm; Worli 11.7 cm; Santacruz 10.6 cm; Santacruz 6.3 cm; Borivali 10.1 cm, as per the bulletin. From 8.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m., Santacruz received 6.3 cm of rainfall; Bandra 9.5 cm; Colaba 1.2 cm; Mahalakshmi 5.3 cm; Ram Mandir (western railway) 6.3 cm.

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