Mumbai Rains HIGHLIGHTS: A day after heavy rain battered Mumbai, the city is in for some respite Thursday as water levels have receded in multiple parts of the city. The India Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert with a forecast of “heavy to very heavy” rainfall in Mumbai and its neighbouring areas — Palghar, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Nashik. Local train services resumed this morning, a day after several were delayed or cancelled. At least 24 flights were grounded last night; three resumed at 1 am.
According to BMC’s disaster management department, the situation was worsened by the 4.13-m high tide around 3.30 pm, which stalled the draining out of rainwater through the stormwater outfalls. Kurla West was once again the worst-affected area as the Mithi river reached the 3.92-m mark and overflowed around noon.
The southwest monsoon got active again after a brief lull last week, coming back at a time when people across Maharashtra are celebrating the 10-day Ganesh festival. In the last four days, the city has received 399.4 mm of rain, which is more that the average rainfall of September, said BMC officials. In the last 11 years, the average September rainfall has been 341 mm. On Wednesday only, the city received 350 mm.