WATCH: No respite from rains, Mumbaikars take a dip in waterlogged streets
Mumbai woke up to rain-drenched roads, a sight the city has gotten so familiar with over the past week or so, on Sunday as overnight downpours kept major sections and stretches waterlogged. But rains never dampened the spirit of Mumbaikars, many of who were seen taking to the waterlogged streets this morning to enjoy a dip.
In videos shared by news agency ANI of the Mumbai rains on Sunday, a group of men could be seen in the middle of waterlogged streets near King's Circle in the Sion area of the city.
In the video clip, a group of five to six men could be seen dipping into the waist-high rainwater on the streets. More footage shared by the news agency showed severe waterlogging at the Borivali east area in Mumbai, following the heavy rainfall on Sunday morning.
Severe waterlogging was also reported on the LBS road near the Sion station, while train tracks remained underwater at the Chunabhatti station in Mumbai.
The heavy rainfall on Sunday comes as yet another contrast to the drier, sunnier morning a day ago. The India Meteorological Department (IMD)'s monitoring station in Santacruz recorded just 31mm rain in the 24 hours ending 8.30am on Saturday, followed by 9mm through the day. This, again, was in contrast to the sudden thunderstorms in the city on Friday which deposited 253mm of rain in just 4.5 hours.
The rainfall on Friday marked the heaviest downpour of the season so far and the second largest quantum of daily rainfall (in July) recorded over the past 10 years, according to the IMD.
The met department has placed Mumbai under an orange category storm warning alert from July 18 to 20, indicating “heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places”, along with chances of extremely heavy rainfall (over 204.5mm in 24 hours) in some parts.
Jayanta Sarkar, head of the IMD’s regional forecasting centre in Mumbai, told HT earlier in the week that there will be widespread rainfall over the Konkan coast during the next few days, indicating more than 75% of all monitoring stations will receive some measure of rain.