Areas around Mahad, where a bridge spanning the Savitri river on the Mumbai-Goa highway was washed away on Tuesday night, has been recording the highest rainfall in Maharashtra over the last 24 hours — 1000 times more than normal.
The rain that fell in the area have been classified as ‘extreme’. Under the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) new classification, 15.6mm to 64.4mm of rain is ‘moderate’ 64.5mm to 115.5mm is ‘heavy’, 115.6mm to 204.4mm is ‘very heavy’ More than 204.5mm is ‘extreme’. While Mahad recorded 230mm rain between 8.30 am on Tuesday and 8.30 am on Wednesday, Poladpur, which is located upstream on the river recorded 260 mm. The Savitri river rises from the Mahabaleshwar plateau which recorded 390mm rain during the same period.
Weathermen said that they expect heavy to very heavy rain in the area over the next 24 hours but it may reduce after that. “Rescue operations need to be carried out during intermittent spells of heavy showers. However from Thursday onwards we expect the weather current die down,” said Biswajit Mukhopadhyay, additional director general, India Meteorological Department (IMD). “Owing to an off shore trough and several other weather factors, moderate to heavy rain is likely for the next 3 days over the state.”