Red alert in Mumbai: Heavy rains & high tide warnings issued in the city

Waterlogging and flooding in various low lying regions of the city.

Mumbaikars woke up to heavy rains, high tides and flooding in various parts of the city today morning as incessant showers from the Bay of Bengal hit the western coast.

Red Alert In Mumbai

Most regions of Mumbai have been waterlogged due to the continuous and heavy showers that have been pouring over the city since night. Several low-lying regions like Lower-Parel, Dadar TT, Hindamata, SIES College, Sion, Shanmukhananda Hall, Shaikh Mistri Dargah Road have been flooded.

The IMD had issued a red alert in the city for August 4, which signals heavy to very heavy rainfall, in isolated regions in the city. A high tide is also expected and the BMC has taken several precautions to subdue any damage that may be likely caused due to rising water levels. Coastal Security Agencies, Disaster Management Department and electricity suppliers like BEST and Adani Electricals have been issued warnings and advisories. A standby of fire brigades and pumping stations and operating staff has been prepared. Around 299 pumping machines are also on alert. Tides as high as 4.51 meters are expected due to the un-subsiding showers and the people in these regions have been advised to not go near beaches or low-lying areas in the city.

As further precautionary measures, the BMC schools in the city have been alerted to prepare for shelter due emergency over the heavy rains. Officials are also preparing for an evacuation strategy and plan in case the levels of Mithi River surge over the flood line.

Public transport system is witnessing a partial shut down due to the rains. The Western Railway System, from Bandra to Churchgate is suspended, while the BEST Buses have been re-routed. All services, establishments, offices, except those marked as essential, will remain closed in the city. The squally weather is predicted to extend through this week, and a red alert for today and tomorrow, followed by an orange one for the rest of week has been flagged in the city.

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