Monsoon mayhem: 100 mm rainfall in 8 hours unleashes chaos in Mumbai

Downpour exceeds last year’s average; despite lifting of water cut, level in 7 lakes rising, say civic officials

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: July 30, 2016 3:49 am
Mumbai rain, Rain, Rainfall, Rainfall in Mumbai, Mumbai rainfall, Maharshtra rainfall, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, BMC, Mumbai municipal corporation, Rainfall in Mumbai, india news A waterlogged area in Mumbai on Friday. (Source: Express photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

THE CITY received more than 100 mm of rainfall over eight hours starting in the wee hours of Friday, exceeding the average maximum rainfall recorded last year in a similar period. At 10 out of 33 automatic weather stations monitored by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, the average rainfall was nearly 100 mm.

Civic authorities stated that despite removing the 20 per cent water cut last week, water level in the seven lakes is rising at a steady pace and the catchment areas have received a good amount of rainfall. The seven lakes that supply water to the city currently contain 9,13,326 million litres of water, which equals to 225 days of water supply.

Mumbai rain, Rain, Rainfall, Rainfall in Mumbai, Mumbai rainfall, Maharshtra rainfall, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, BMC, Mumbai municipal corporation, Rainfall in Mumbai, india news Several trees were uprooted, one resulting in the death of a 45-year-old man in Goregaon. (Source: Express photo by Kevin D’Souza)

Out of 18 tree fall incidents reported, one resulted in the death of a 45-year old man, Parag Pawaskar, who was crushed as a tree fell on the car he was driving. The incident took place in Sundar Nagar in Goregaon near Dalmia college. “The tree along the footpath was 50-year old and continuous heavy rainfall had loosened the soil around the roots, which led to it collapsing on two cars. While Paraskar died, two people in the second car escaped unhurt since the tree fell on the bonnet of their car,” said an official from P South ward. The body was sent to Bhagwati Hospital.

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