Red alert issued in Mumbai; city receives second-highest 24-hour rainfall since 2015

The city has received 63% of its seasonal rainfall with 1,418 mm between June 1 and July 16, against the seasonal target.

Mumbaikars aren't any strangers to episodes of torrential rains in the city yet every time, it is as alarming as the other. Due to the heavy and continuous downpour since Tuesday night in Mumbai and the other coastal areas of Maharashtra, IMD on Wednesday issued a red alert.

What's Happening?

In wake of the incessant rainfall which is plaguing the city right now, most of the city is water-logged and transportation has become difficult to access. Moderate to heavy overnight showers continued until Thursday morning, which has escalated the level of Mumbai's rain to 1,024 millimetres (mm), which is 122% of its monthly average, within the first 16 days of July.

This has led to the city witnessing its second-highest 24-hour rainfall since 2015 and the flooding of low lying areas is expected. Mumbai had recorded its highest 24-hour of July rain at 375.2 mm, on the 3rd of July, 2019. However, 27th of July, 2005, continues to be the day with the highest rainfall score at 944.2 mm for over 24 hours.

Location-wise data of the rainfall suggests that Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) received the maximum downpour over the past 24 hours, at 310 mm, followed by Bandra (201 mm), Worli (197 mm), Dadar and Mazgaon (above 140 mm) and Mahalaxmi (129 mm).

According to the final stats, South and central Mumbai received the maximum rainfall in the last 24 hours, as compared to the suburb areas. The Santacruz weather observatory, which represents Mumbai and its suburbs, recorded 191.2 mm of rain between 8:30 am on Wednesday and 8:30 am on Thursday.

A message to all our readers

Since the weather here isn't going to change anytime soon, be prepared for disruptions in electricity, water supply, traffic and road transport. When stepping out, along with your umbrellas, do be armed with your masks and sanitizers. Stock up your essentials and gear up for rainy days ahead!

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