Mumbai Rains: High tide, flooding pile on to the misery; yellow alert for the city today
Several parts of Mumbai were affected as the usual hotspots saw water-logging; sea water entered Bandra slum; more rain in the next two days
With incessant rain lashing the city on Saturday and Sunday, there was inevitable waterlogging in low lying areas across Mumbai. Hindmata, TT Junction, King's Circle and Dharavi were submerged and flooding was seen in Veera Desai, Amboli, Andheri Subway, Goregaon, Aarey Colony. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has given a Yellow alert for Monday as the city is expected to receive light to moderate rainfall. According to IMD, because of the continuous rainfall over the weekend, Mumbai recorded its second-highest 24-hour rain in the month of July in the last five years.
A yellow alert is the least severe warning but means the weather is likely to have some impact, llike travel disruption.
According to a tweet by KS Hosalikar, deputy director-general of IMD's western region on Sunday, "Mumbai recorded 70-100 mm rainfall in last 6 hours since morning 8.30 am, July 5. But its intensity slightly reduced in last 3 hours."
Waterlogging at Kalachowki. Pic/Ashish Raje
Several parts of the city such as Hindmata, TT Junction, King Circle and Dharavi were submerged in water. As a precautionary measure, BMC had deployed personnel for public safety electric motors were used to pump out the water.
Waterlogging was also witnessed in Western Suburbs at Veera Desai, Amboli, Andheri Subway, Goregaon, Aarey Colony. Moreover, in order to avoid their cars from getting jammed in water, residents near the SCLR Bridge in Kurla preferred parking their vehicles on the flyover. As a precautionary measure, BMC had deployed personnel for public safety electric motors were used to pump out the water.
Speaking to mid-day, Kushal Dhuri, a resident of Veera Desai road said, "Every year we have the issue of water-logging on the road connecting Veera Desai to Jogeshwari. But till date, there has been no solution to this. From Saturday night there was waterlogging on the road. The authorities should take serious measure to solve the issue or at least have pumps installed to clear the water from the road."
Vipul Mane, a resident of Dindoshi area, said, "We have been paying tax to the government and in return, we expect better roads and facilities. On Saturday evening and Sunday morning, the residents using the WEH-Oberoi mall junction faced a lot of inconvenience as the road was flooded with water levels up to two feet."
Due to the heavy rainfall and the choppy sea, people staying in shanties close to Bandra Bandstand faced a problem as water entered their houses. A video of water from there sea entering the narrow lanes in between the shanties has also gone viral on social media.
Amount of rain city recorded in 3 hours on Sunday morning
Flamingoes spotted at Prabhadevi beach
Mumbai's Shivaji Park beach near Prabhadevi witnessed a huge flock of flamingos on Sunday. The migratory birds were spotted during low tide. Nature lovers and residents staying in the area were surprised to see the pink flamingos were in for a surprise as it is said that this is the very first time the birds have been spotted at this beach.
Pothole ridden roads in Aarey
Locals fear the roads will turn worse if it continues to rain
The continuous rainfall and waterlogging have deteriorated the road conditions in Aarey Colony. Locals fear that if the city continues to receive the same amount of rain for the next 1-2 days, the situation of the road may go bad to worst.
During mid-day's visit, we witnessed the entire internal road towards Royal Palms full of potholes. Ranjit Pandey, a resident of Goregaon East said, "Within two days of rain the roads are in pathetic condition. These potholes are not less than a graveyard for the commuters and with roads submerged in water the potholes aren't visible which can result in mishaps."
N Muthukumar, a resident of Aarey said, "The internal roads at Aarey Colony were repaired just before the lockdown started. And even though, there wasn't much vehicular movement in the last three months, the roads couldn't sustain two days of rainfall."
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Heavy rains continued to lash Mumbai, Thane and other parts of Maharashtra coast for the third consecutive day on Sunday, with instances of water-logging being reported from several low-lying areas.
As the IMD issued yellow alert for the city, a high tide warning was also sounded, prompting the BMC to request citizens to stay away from the shore.
In picture: A cop stands at the promenade near the Gateway of India during high tide.
On Sunday, IMD has predicted the possibility of intermittent moderate to heavy rain in Mumbai and its satellites, with a possibility of very heavy to extremely heavy rain at isolated places.
On Sunday, BMC had tweeted that high tide of 4.63 metres was estimated to hit the Mumbai coastline.
As Mumbai and its neighbouring areas have been experiencing heavy rains since Friday, the IMD deputy director of Meteorology, KS Hosalikar, tweeted that the city has recorded more than 200mm of rains in the last 24 hours.
In picture: Over-flowing Powai lake.
According to the weather department, the Colaba observatory recorded 200.8mm rainfall in the past 24 hours, while the Santacruz observatory recorded 129.6mm rainfall.
In picture: People take photos of the overflowing lake in Powai.
Instances of waterlogging were reported from several areas, including Hindmata, Dadar TT, Byculla, King Circle, and Dharavi.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) disaster management cell also received 19 complaints of tree/branch falling, but nobody was injured in the incidents.
In picture: Pedestrians walk through a flooded street in Naupada during heavy rain.
Responding to the complaints, the BMC workers opened the main holes in several places to clear the water.
In picture: A motorist wades through a water-logged street in Mulund (West).
The private weather agency Skymet said that the rains would see a gradual decrease by Sunday evening.
Skymet also said that the decrease is due to the cyclonic circulation over southern Gujarat and adjoining North Konkan region, which had earlier intensified into a low-pressure area and will further reduce itself into a well-marked low.
In picture: A cop patrols near a water-logged street in Mulund.
This well-marked low-pressure area will further move toward Saurashtra and Kutch, taking the rain away from the city, the Skymet report said.
In picture: Pedestrians walk through a flooded street.
Although the rain activity will possibly reduce by Sunday evening, the report also added that the city will not go dry for another four to five days.
In picture: A bus plying through a water-logged road.
The neighbouring Thane district and some other areas in Konkan region, including Sindhudurg, also received very heavy rains.
In picture: A man rides his bicycle through a flooded street while balancing the umbrella.
Some parts of Vidarbha received moderate rain, the IMD said, adding a possibility of a thunderstorm with lightning at isolated places in the region.
A few instances of falling of trees and branches were also reported from Mulund. No injuries were reported.
In picture: A parked car crushed under a fallen tree in Mulund
In picture: A man helps a cop put up a rod on a flooded street in Bandra as an indication for the motorists that the road is waterlogged.
Heavy rains continued to lash Mumbai, Thane and other parts of Maharashtra for the third consecutive day on Sunday, with instances of severe water-logging being reported in low-lying areas. As the IMD issued yellow alert for the city, a high tide warning was also sounded, prompting the BMC to request citizens to stay away from the shore. (Picture/Bipin Kokate, Ashish Raje, Sameer Markande- mid-day photographers)
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