Heavy rains lashed Mumbai Wednesday causing major problems of water-logging and traffic jams in several parts of the island city and some areas of the suburbs.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Mumbai, Colaba received 78.7 mm of rainfall with relative humidity of 98 per cent, while Santacruz received 40.8 mm of rainfall with relative humidity of 90 per cent. At Colaba, there is still a shortfall of 369.5 mm and at Santacruz, there is a shortfall of 277.6 mm, the IMD said.
Data from the BMC’s automatic weather stations, located at ward-level fire brigade offices, showed that during the day, between 8 and 4 pm, Dadar received the maximum rainfall of 70 mm in comparison to other parts of the city. Apart from this, F-South ward in the island city, which includes the areas of Matunga and Sewri, M-West ward in the eastern suburbs including areas of Mankhurd and Govandi, and Bandra in the western suburbs, received the highest amount of rainfall.
According to data released by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s disaster management cell, in two hours, from 12 to 2 pm, water-logging was witnessed in several parts of the city. In low-lying areas such as Hindmata Junction in Dadar, Parel, Chembur and Malad, de-watering pumps were pressed into service. The civic administration said it has ordered an inquiry to find out why the de-watering pumps could not effectively pump out the storm water in these areas and to fix responsibility for the failure.
Meanwhile, the traffic police have deployed more than 200 personnel on night duty so that commuters do not face problems the next day, especially during peak hours. “We have deployed manpower to ease traffic. Several awareness posters have been put up for commuters about the monsoon,” Qaisar Khalid, additional commissioner of police (traffic), said.
The heavy rains also hit rail Central Railway and Western Railway services, which were running late by five to ten minutes. While no waterlogging was reported on tracks, trains were running on a speed restriction, said a CR spokesperson. Around 15 to 20 services were late on WR, said a spokesperson.
Because of the heavy rainfall and accompanying winds, trees were uprooted at 15 places, though no injuries were reported. Nine such incidents took place in the western suburbs, four in the eastern suburbs and two in the island city.
The rain also brought down the temperatures in the city considerably. Wednesday’s maximum temperature saw a dip of 2.6 degrees Celsius, with 28 degrees Celsius being recorded at Colaba and Santacruz. Minimum temperature at Colaba was 26 degrees Celsius while at Santacruz, it was 25.6 degrees Celsius.
The IMD has predicted that Mumbai will continue to receive moderate to heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours. “From July 10, some good showers will occur in Mumbai, north and south Konkan. Since last Wednesday, monsoon has seen a good revival like we had predicted,” said K S Hosalikar, deputy director-general of meteorology, IMD Mumbai.