Mumbai Rains Highlights: India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an orange alert in several areas in Mumbai. Borivali, Santacruz, Powai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Chembur are a few of the areas with an orange alert. Moderate to intense spell of rainfall is expected over these areas, says IMD.
According to the forecast issued by the Regional Meteorological Centre Mumbai, the city is likely to get Moderate to heavy rain in the city and suburbs with the possibility of very heavy rainfall at a few places.
If the rain continues for the rest of the month in Mumbai, the city could record its wettest July ever, considering that 1,468.5mm in 2014 has been the maximum for the month so far. In 2005, when tragic Mumbai floods had followed 944mm of rain in just 24 hours, the month had recorded 1,454.5mm.
Yesterday, at least 31 people were killed in separate incidents of house collapse and electrocution due to heavy rain in Mumbai on Sunday. In one instance, a residential building collapsed in Mumbai’s Vikhroli area in the wee hours of Sunday, killing three people, according to the BMC. Meanwhile, several people were killed after a wall collapsed on some shanties in Chembur’s Bharat Nagar area due to a landslide.
Taking stock of the situation, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday directed the agencies to remain more alert and asked authorities to keep a watch on landslide-prone areas and dilapidated buildings, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said in a statement. The CM said power companies should remain careful as high-tension towers are located in the vicinity of many residential areas. “Underground areas should also be cleared given that the water purification centre located in Bhandup in suburban Mumbai was flooded due to rains,” the release quoted the CM as saying.