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Heavy downpour evens out delayed rainfall in Mumbai

According to meteorological department, the city has crossed the rainfall expected till July 28, recording 5 per cent excess in Colaba, and 7 per cent excess in Santacruz

After a disappointing start to the monsoon season, with almost no rainfall in June, the deficit has been covered this month, according to weather officials.

On Monday, Colaba recorded 9.6 mm and Santacruz recorded 12.2 mm rainfall. Pic/PTI
On Monday, Colaba recorded 9.6 mm and Santacruz recorded 12.2 mm rainfall. Pic/PTI

After the city witnessed heavy downpour on Sunday, the catchment areas have recorded an increase in water levels (see table). According to the meteorological department, both Colaba and Santacruz have crossed the expected rainfall received, recording 5 per cent and 7 per cent excess rainfall respectively till July 28.

On Monday, Colaba recorded 9.6 mm and Santacruz recorded 12.2 mm rainfall. The regional meteorological department has predicted heavy rainfall to continue this week as well.

Tulsi lake overflows
After almost a month of heavy rainfall, the Tulsi Lake finally overflowed on Monday around noon. However, the good news has come a little late, as last year the lake overflowed on July 12.

According to officials from the BMC, while rainfall has crossed the normal mark, the lakes of the city that provide yearly water supply are still short of the expected levels.

The current levels can supply water to the residents for not more than the next 100 or so days. BMC’s Hydraulic Engineer, Ramesh Bambale, said, “While the heavy rainfall has been good news for the city, we are still short of the required water supply. The plan for cloud seeding is on and will be discussed by the standing committee soon.”

10 trees fall
While Monday witnessed relatively less rainfall, the disaster management of the BMC recorded 10 tree-collapsing incidents and one short circuit in the city. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported.

1,317.3mm
Total rainfall recorded in Colaba

1,333mm
Total rainfall recorded in Santacruz

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