Mumbai to expect heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours
GN Bureau | August 5, 2016
Heavy rains in the Mumbai since morning disrupted routine life as the suburbs recorded 126.6 mm rain from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm while Colaba recorded 21.4 mm rainfall during the same time.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rains in the next 24 hours in the city and its suburbs.
All flights to and from Mumbai have been delayed by at least half an hour today. Suburban trains have been running late on Central, Harbour and Western lines. Heavy downpour lead to water logging and traffic jams in several parts of the city including western and eastern express highways, Sion, Kings Circle, Hindmata, Parel, Pratiksha Nagar, Bandra and Andheri .The neighbouring districts of Thane, Palgarh and Raigad too received heavy rains. Mumbai Police and Western Railways have been alerting citizens through twitter.
Konkan and Goa too received wide spread along with north and central Maharashtra where rainfall has ranged from heavy to very heavy. According to IMD, Mumbai has already above normal rainfall. While suburbs recorded 23 percent above normal rainfall, Colaba has received 2 percent above normal rainfall since the start of the season. The incessant and very heavy rainfall after cloud bursts that Mumbai has seen in earlier monsoons has not occurred so far.
According to KS Hosalikar from regional meterological centre, Mumbai has received intense rainfall since morning and likely to receive intermittent heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours while Konkan and Goa is likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 72 hours. Asked if Mumbai can have a repeat of July 2005 deluge, Hosalikar said that it was a rarest of the rare case and not likely to happen again.