Mumbai: The city went through worst conditions due to extremely heavy rains all through Monday night. The rain recorded over a 24 hour period ending 8.30 am today has been 375.2 mm, as per IMD Sant Cruz observatory. This falls in the extremely heavy rain category. In the last 44 years, it is the second highest rains recorded in a period of 24 hours. The highest rainfall in this period was during the July 26, 2005 deluge of 944 mm, in which massive damage had occurred. Meanwhile, the IMD Colaba observatory recorded 137.8mm of rains and adjoining areas like Dahanu 192.8 mm. While in Thane in the last 24 hours (till 08:30 am) 220.42 mm rainfall was recorded. The IMD has forecast intermittent heavy showers for Mumbai for Tuesday as well. Winds are expected to be westerly to southwesterly with speed of 40-50 kmph temporarily reaching to 60 kmph. Sea will be moderate to rough with westerly to southwesterly waves. Hence fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea off north.
The local trains, a lifeline for Mumbai’s 20 million residents, have been affected badly with many suburban as well as long-distance trains cancelled. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has advised residents to stay indoors as the weather office has sounded a red alert in Mumbai today, which is a warning of heavy rain after the Maharashtra government declared a public holiday in Mumbai and its suburbs.
Bureau News, Kokan Now, Mumbai