After rainy weekend, lake levels rise
The city has so far received 69 per cent of the total rainfall it receives in the season.mumbai Updated: Jul 27, 2010 01:02 IST
The city has so far received 69 per cent of the total rainfall it receives in the season.
According to the figures given by the civic body —Mumbai received 1532.3 mm , eastern suburbs— 1792.3 mm and western suburbs —1427.6 mm of rainfall from June 1st to July 25.
The city has received on an average 74 per cent of the total rainfall while the suburbs has received 64 per cent of the total rainfall of the season.
On an average, the city receives on an average 2,294 mm of rainfall in the four months of monsoon. The water levels of the lakes that supply water to the city are constantly rising due to the incessant rains in the catchment area for the last three days.
Tulsi lake, located on the premises of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park is just half metre short of its overflowing mark.
According to the data available with the civic body, the water level of Tulsi on Monday was 139.02 metres and its overflowing level is 139.17 metres. Tulsi has received the maximum rainfall so far — 1700 millimetres from June.
“If it continues to rain, Tulsi will overflow in the next 24 hours,” said an official from the water department. Modak Sagar lake in Thane district is just 2.5 metres short of its overflowing mark. The water level of the lake on Monday was 161.70 metres and its overflow level is 1,63.15 metres. The lake received 101 mm of rainfall on Monday.
The water stocks in all the six lakes have improved and reached 5.26 lakh million litres as against 6.6 lakh million litres last year during the same period.
“It’s a good sign that the water levels in the lakes are improving. If it continues to rain like this for the next month there will be no need for water cuts,” said an official. The city recorded a rainfall of 18 mm, eastern suburbs got 25.1 mm and western suburbs got 18.2 mm on Monday. The city has already received an average of 80 per cent of its rainfall in July compared to what it had received last year during the same time. Mumbai receives on an average 2,270 mm rainfall every monsoon.
Complaints regarding water logging was reported. “Today the winds were exceptionally gusty and that aggravated the intensity of the rainfall,”said an official from the disaster management cell.
A total of 15 trees were uprooted. There was no major disruption of suburban trains.