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First heavy shower of the season, many areas waterlogged

As the first of the four months of monsoon season ends on Thursday, Mumbai reported second-highest deficient rainfall in the last one decade this June.

The India meteorological Centre (IMD) has issued an orange alert (heavy to very heavy rainfall) in Mumbai, Palghar, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, and Sindhudurg for the next 24 hours. (File)

Torrential heavy rain on Thursday — the first received by the city this monsoon — led to waterlogging and traffic snarls across the city. In comparison to western and eastern suburbs of Mumbai, south Mumbai recorded ‘very heavy rain’ throughout the day.

Parts of Sion along the arterial B A Ambedkar Road, Breach Candy, the road below JJ Flyover, parts of Worli, Lower Parel near Kamala Mills compound, S V Road in Andheri, Antop Hill area, Hindamata, Charkop, Matunga, Kurla, Khar, Kala Chowki in Parel, Veera Desai Road in Andheri West, Milan subway in Santacruz and Andheri subway were heavily waterlogged.

Andheri subway was briefly opened for traffic on late Thursday afternoon, only to be shut again in the evening.

Taking to Twitter, several commuters complained of waterlogging on arterial roads that led to traffic jams. They also complained of traffic snarls on the Western Express Highway due to the incessant rain. At least 34 bus routes were diverted due to waterlogging on Thursday evening.

The heavy rain led to a few tree collapse incidents. No casualties were reported in these incidents. With the first heavy shower of the season, potholes also emerged on arterial roads in Malad, Andheri, and Mulund.

Parts of two buildings in Sion and Kalbadevi also collapsed on Thursday evening.

Officials of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s disaster management department said the building in Kalbadevi was undergoing repairs at the time of the incident and was vacant. The building in Sion was also vacant and no casualties were reported in either incident.

A senior BMC official said the spell of heavy rain started at 6 pm and all pumps were made operational. “While waterlogging was reported in some parts of Mumbai, water in these areas receded quickly as well,” said the official.

 

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The India Meteorology Department (IMD), which maintains July rainfall data starting from June 30 morning (8.30 am onwards), recorded heavy rainfall throughout Thursday.

The IMD’s Colaba observatory in south Mumbai recorded 125.6 mm of rain in nine hours, ending at 5.30 pm on Thursday, which falls in the very heavy rainfall category. The weather agency’s Santacruz observatory, which is representative of the entire city, recorded moderate rainfall of 52.4 mm in the same period.

Mumbai records second-highest deficient June rainfall in a decade

As the first of the four months of monsoon season ends on Thursday, Mumbai reported second-highest deficient rainfall in the last one decade this June.

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According to the rainfall pattern from 2015-21, June received the lowest rainfall at 291.8 mm – it was 46 per cent less than the normal June rainfall of 537.1 mm.

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Mumbai has received the lowest June rainfall of 87.3 mm in 2014. Last June, the city had clocked over 900 mm of rainfall – among the highest monthly rainfall in the decade. The month, however, ended on a rainy note with consistent rainfall recorded in the city and suburbs since Wednesday night.

First published on: 30-06-2022 at 07:35:20 pm
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