Mumbai Rains Live Updates: Heavy rains lashed Mumbai and its suburbs on Wednesday, leading to traffic snarls and severe waterlogging that left roads, subways, suburban rail tracks and entire neighbourhoods inundated. The southwest monsoon arrived in the city with a bang, while the MeT department issued an alert for more downpour. The southwest monsoon has arrived two days ahead of its normal date.
Meanwhile, a red alert was sounded in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, where extremely heavy showers are likely to continue till Friday. Since there is a risk of landslides due to heavy rains, 1,139 people from 20 villages have been shifted to safer places, PTI reported.
In view of the IMD’s warning about heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in the Konkan region of Maharashtra between June 11 and 15, the state government on Wednesday requested the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to send 12 teams to five coastal districts. The State Disaster Management Authority of the state government requested the Commandant of the NDRF to depute the teams in Thane, Raigad, Palghar, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts by June 10 afternoon.
The India Meteorogical Department issued a red alert for Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, and Raigad, which signifies a possibility of ‘Very heavy to extremely heavy rain at isolated places’.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Mumbai recorded 222.2 mm rain in a span of 12 hours — 44 per cent of the monthly average rainfall in June (505 mm). It said the city will continue to receive extremely heavy rain spells — more than 200 mm in 24 hours — till June 13. The record for the highest 24-hour spell for the month is 399 mm on June 9, 1991.
With the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) once again caught on the wrong foot, despite several assurances, officials decided to shut the key Andheri subway, which was among the first to get inundated, for four months across the entire season.