People walk through heavy rainfall in Mumbai on Thursday, August 6, 2020. (Express photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)
A day after heavy showers pounded Mumbai and neighbouring areas, the rain intensity reduced on Thursday morning and water receded in some flooded areas, leading to a gradual resumption of rain and road transport services, officials said. However, some areas in south Mumbai, which witnessed a record rain on Wednesday, were still water-logged, IMD said. The weather bureau has predicted further reduction in rainfall activity from Friday onwards.
While some areas of south Mumbai were still inundated, water receded in most other parts of the city and suburbs, the
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. According to BMC’s update till 8 am, areas like BPT Colony at Wadala, Nair Hospital in central Mumbai, Maharshi Karve Road and Sakkar Panchayat area in south Mumbai were still water-logged.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday took stock of the state administration’s preparedness in the wake of the incessant heavy rains in Mumbai and other parts of the state, including Kolhapur where the Panchganga river was flowing close to the danger mark. A statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said Thackeray asked the authorities to remain alert and ensure citizens do not face hardships.
Mumbai to receive less intense showers today, IMD predicts.
A delivery boy pushes his scooter after it stopped working along a waterlogged road following heavy rainfall in Mumbai, India, August 5, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas
Breaking its “all-time” record of the highest 24-hour rain in August, the Colaba observatory recorded 293.8 mm rain ending at 8:30 pm on Wednesday — highest in 46 years. The Colaba observatory was set up in 1841, while the archive data is available from 1974.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday spoke to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and assured him all possible support. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Maharashtra CM Shri Uddhav Thackeray regarding the situation prevailing in Mumbai and surrounding areas due to heavy rainfall,” the PMO tweeted.
The heavy rain and high speed winds caused flooding and massive damage in south Mumbai on Wednesday afternoon. While no injuries were reported over a hundred trees were uprooted. The gusty winds destroyed the iconic signage mounted on top of the Bombay Stock Exchange building.