Mumbaiites, stay alert: Heavy rainfall expected in next 72 hours, BMC issues advisory
The civic body has also asked citizens to remain alert till September 21.mumbai Updated: Sep 18, 2017 01:16 IST
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Sunday issued a ‘heavy rainfall’ warning expected in the next 72 hours in the city. The civic body has also asked citizens to remain alert till September 21.
The release states that as per information received from the Colaba observatory, the north Konkan region of Maharashtra, including Mumbai and its neighbouring areas, will receive continuous rain. Some places are expected to receive heavy showers. A senior civic official said, “According to messages received from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), all of Maharashtra is expected to get heavy rainfall.”
Recently, BMC received flak for not alerting citizens a day before heavy rainfall that caused the city to come to a standstill. On August 29, the city received more than 300mm rainfall in a day, resulting in water-logging at several locations. With all three railway lines shut, lakhs of Mumbaikars remained stranded and had to spend the night away from home.
Citizens had then said that BMC should have declared a holiday for schools and colleges a day before. However, in the warning issued on Sunday, BMC has not given any specific advisory.
Meanwhile on Sunday, some slabs of a ground plus three building in Byculla collapsed in the afternoon. According to fire officials, families staying in the building and two jewelry shops have been vacated from the premises. The 100-year-old Khan building in NC Market is owned by the Maharashtra Housing and Development Corporation (MHADA). Officials confirmed that there no injuries reported in the incident.