On Thursday, the city received its second highest seasonal rain marked at 575.6mm
Incessant episodes of torrential rains have been pounding Mumbai and various areas like Chembur, Parel, Hindmata, Wadala and Worli have reported intense water-logging. On Wednesday, South Mumbai's Colaba area recorded its heaviest single-day rainfall in August, for the first time in in 46 years and it was accompanied by cyclonic winds reaching up to 107 km/h. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that rainfall will continue in the city and its surrounding areas.
Rain, Rain, Go Away!
Colaba area recorded 331.8mm rainfall over a period of 24 hours, commencing from 8.30am on Wednesday and Santacruz received 162.3mm of rain. On Thursday, the city received its second highest seasonal rain marked at 575.6mm and such a scenario was last witnessed in 1974.
This weather situation has severely deranged the suburban train and bus services. Offices and other establishments have mostly been shut down, except for essential services. The CM of the state has requested the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to dovetail their efforts with the police forces and railway authorities to ensure the ease of the citizens during such difficult times. On Wednesday, The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Railway Protection Force also extricated 290 passengers from 2 local trains, which were marooned on the flooded tracks between the CSMT and Sandhurst Road station.
Keeping the floods in sight, urban planner and executive director of Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI), Pankaj Joshi stated that "Mumbai needs to change its planning in view of climate change".
A message to all our readers
There have been reports of walls collapsing at 9 different locations in the city and 339 trees were also uprooted in the past 24 hours. So stock up your essentials and avoid venturing out without any urgencies. When stepping out, along with your umbrellas, do be armed with your masks and sanitizers!