After a night-long battering by rain, Friday brought little respite for Mumbaiites with short but heavy downpours throughout the day. Weathermen forecast heavy rain in some areas on Saturday.
Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said the upper air cyclonic circulation over Gujarat was responsible for the heavy rain. “The off shore trough on the western coast is also active,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, IMD.
Due to heavy showers in the city, there was waterlogging at chronic low-lying areas like Khar, Andheri, Dadar, Ghatkopar. Weathermen have forecast occasional thundershowers and heavy rain in some areas on Saturday.
Between 8:30 pm on Thursday and 8:30 am on Friday, the suburbs received 97.8mm rain and South Mumbai 66mm, according to IMD data. Since June 1, the city’s suburbs have recorded 1759.7mm rainfall while south Mumbai received 1471.5 mm rain.
On Friday, Colaba and Santacruz recorded 4.2 mm and 11.2mm of rain respectively. Humidity levels stayed high at 92% in Colaba and 97% in Santacruz.
With the death of a 28-year-old Vikhroli resident, the city recorded its first leptospirosis death this monsoon, and second this year, on Friday. But doctors said that they aren’t seeing many patients. “We are seeing very few patients with the bacterial ailment. Unless it floods or rains heavily, there should be no reason to worry,” said Dr Ravindra Nath Sahay from KEM Hospital. There was heavy rainfall in Thane district, which received 1324.60 mm rainfall with Wada receiving the highest rainfall at 191 mm. Thane city received 64 mm rainfall resulting in waterlogging in low-lying areas. A 12-year-old boy from Desaigaon is feared to have drowned in Diva creek. Reena Mohankar, 12 died while trying to cross an overflowing nullah at Nanevali village in Manor. A 40-year-old Wada resident, Sarla More, died when her house collapsed. She is the third casualty in rain-related incidents in the last 24 hours.
Heavy cloud cover was also observed over the Konkan region, central Maharashtra and Goa. Heavy rainfall occurred in Ratnagiri (149 mm) and Mahabaleshwar (92 mm).“The monsoon trough from Rajasthan and the Bay of Bengal is also in its normal position, making it a contributing factor,” said Rajeev.