Weather Forecast Today Highlights: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday took stock of the preparedness by various government agencies to tackle any emergency with the IMD forecasting a severe wet spell for the next couple of days and issuing orange alert for Mumbai and the Konkan coast, news agency PTI reported.
Thackeray directed the agencies to remain more alert and asked authorities to keep a watch on landslide-prone areas and dilapidated buildings. He also asked power companies to remain careful as high-tension towers are located in the vicinity of many residential areas. He further directed authorities to ensure that health workers in Covid-19 centres and field hospitals are kept on standby and steps be taken to ensure there is no spread of water-borne diseases, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said in a statement
Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department on Sunday said that the rainfall so far in July has been 26 per cent deficient over the country.
Twenty-five people died in rain-related incidents as incessant heavy downpour overnight during a major thunderstorm pummeled Mumbai, causing severe water-logging and traffic disruptions in the financial capital on Sunday, officials said. An “orange alert” was issued for Mumbai and the Konkan coast for the next five days.
As per the forecast, winds might blow at the speed of 50 to 60 km per hour. Heavy rains are expected on July 23 as well, the Met department said.