Several places inundated in Mumbai due to incessant rain
- KS Hosalikar, head of SID at Climate and Research Services in Pune, said Mumbai and nearby areas received rainfall early in the morning as well.
Mumbai and its suburbs received heavy rainfall overnight and several houses, streets and railway tracks were flooded even as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast more rains on Sunday. Waterlogging was also reported on the Eastern Express Highway at Chunabhatti area on Sunday morning.
KS Hosalikar, head of SID at Climate and Research Services in Pune, said Mumbai and nearby areas received rainfall early in the morning as well. "Extremely Heavy rainfall realized so far and severe floodings observed due to very very intense spell in a very short time," he added.
The Maharashtra government, BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the North Konkan districts of Palghar, Thane and Raigad are on alert.
State tourism minister Aaditya Thackeray has said that the situation is being monitored. "As of 3 am, rainfall measured by IMD. Some places have crossed 200 mm now. Mumbai has faced an extremely intense system of precipitation accompanied by thundering. The BMC pumps are operational and officers are on ground," Thackeray tweeted.
The India Meteorological Department's (IMD's) Regional Meteorological Centre has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in Mumbai during the day. The IMD has also forecast showers in central Maharashtra on July 18 and 19. "Isolated extremely heavy rainfalls very likely over Ghat areas of central Maharashtra on 18th and 19th," IMD tweeted.
Heavy rainfall on Friday left many key parts of the city inundated with commuters facing hassle as buses were diverted and trains were delayed on the harbour line due to waterlogging on the tracks. Torrential downpours have been besieging the financial capital since Tuesday night, and as per the regional meteorological department's prediction rains.
Mumbai on Friday marks the heaviest rainfall event of the season so far, and the second-largest quantum of daily rainfall (in July) recorded over the past 10 years. The city recorded a total of 253mm of rainfall in about 4.5 hours on Friday morning, according to data from the IMD's monitoring station in Santacruz.