A day after the season’s heaviest spell of rains left the city flooded and paralysed, a substantial drop in rainfall on Saturday helped Mumbaikars restore normalcy.
On Sunday, Colaba received 17.6 mm rainfall, which was 17.3 mm less rainfall than Saturday, and Santacruz received 10.2 mm rainfall, which was 63.22 mm less as compared to June 20.
Isolated heavy rains are expected in the next 24 hours in the city, which will have “continuous unstopping moderate rain” throughout Monday, according to officials from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). “Frequent spells of rain and showers would occur. Heavy rain at one or two places,” said IMD’s forecast for Monday.
Battling Sunday’s intermittent showers was a crowd at Marine Drive. A passing police vehicle blared warnings discouraging people from getting too close to the edge. “The splashing water is from the city’s nullahs,” the loudspeaker was heard announcing.
Three unnatural deaths in the city, however, were the aftermath of incessant rains coupled with unrelenting winds.
The roof of a fourth floor flat in a chawl at Bandra came crashing down, killing a woman and a minor girl of the same family. Yasmin Shaikh (27) and 13-year-old Sarina Shaikh fell victims to the freak accident, while four others in the family were grievously injured.
The disaster management cell of Mumbai’s civic body
said the accident took place at a structure of ground-plus-four floors near the rationing office in Behramnagar, Bandra (East).
The fire brigade said that the incident might have taken place at around 9.35 pm. Bilkis Ali (50), Jibran Shaikh (5), Farida Shaikh (32) are recuperating at KEM Hospital.
Among the injured, Ishrat Qureshi (26) was discharged and sent home.
Apart from this, 15 houses collapsed in the city and its suburbs and a woman was injured in one incident.
Ajay Muthan (35) died after damaging winds uprooted a tree, which fell on him at around 5.21 pm at Golibar Road in Santacruz (East). The disaster management cell of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) reported 85 cases of tree fall in the city and suburbs due to the inclement weather.
From 8 am to 8 am on June 20 and June 21, 35 cases of waterlogging were reported, the BMC said. There were, however, over 200 such cases reported by citizens on Friday. The BMC said eight places, including Hindmata Cinema, Kings Circle, Dadar TT were most affected.
While water clogged Sakinaka’s 90 feet road, Station Road in Kurla (West) in the eastern suburbs, Carter Road, Juhu’s Mira Village and Shivajinagar in Santacruz (East) were among the 19 worst-hit areas in the western suburbs.
There were, however, no casualties in the 16 reported cases of short-circuit in the city and suburbs.
On Friday, all the three suburban train routes had come to a halt after the Santacruz weather station recorded 283 mm rainfall in 24 hours for June in a decade.
The highest June downpour in the last 10 years was 299 mm on June 10, 1991.