Waterlogged roads, fallen trees... the rains have really arrived in Mumbai
Lakes have received rainfall and there will be no water cuts this month; Met department has forecast heavy rains in some parts of city in the next 24 hours
The heavy rains throughout Saturday and Sunday led to several areas of the city getting waterlogged and many trees falling. One person died after part of a slab in a garden in Powai collapsed on him on Sunday afternoon.
In all, 41 trees fell over the weekend, including this one in Worli yesterday
The Met department has forecast heavy rains in some parts of the city in the next 24 hours. According to data released by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the city saw 40.6 mm rainfall on Sunday with daytime temperatures dropping to 24.8 degrees.
Mumbaikars enjoy the heavy rain in Dadar. Pics/Satyajit Desai and Bipin Kokate
The city has witnessed a total of 122.2 mm of rainfall till June 13, which is 4.78 per cent of the average monsoon total. This is much higher than last year, when the city had received only 18.4 mm of rain till June 13. The city is expected to see a high tide of 4.51 metres at 11.39 am today.
Several areas in the city experienced water-logging. These include Hindmata, an area notorious for water logging. It was supposed to be free of the scourge this year as the BMC has installed a new pump there. The area experienced water-logging on Sunday morning but the water was pumped out soon.
All fall down
Over the weekend, there were six complaints of plaster falling from buildings, in which no injury was reported but a man died in Powai because of a slab collapse (see box). A total of 41 trees fell due to the heavy rains 14 in the island city, 7 in the eastern suburbs and 20 in western suburbs.
Slab crumbles; 1 dead
Sahdev Shankar Naik (42) died when a slab from a cement umbrella he was sitting under collapsed on him on Sunday afternoon. The incident happened at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Udyan(Powai gardens) at Saki Vihar road. Naik was rushed to Rajawadi hospital where he was declared brought dead.
'No water cuts in June'
The catchment areas of the seven lakes which supply water to the city has also experienced good rainfall. Upper Vaitarna lake saw the highest rainfall in the last few days viz. 128.60 mm so far. This was followed by Middle Vaitarna (90.90 mm), Tulsi (94 mm) and Bhatsa (88 mm).
Thus, all the lakes, including Modak Sagar, Vihar, and Tansa have crossed the minimum level required to draw water but there still seems to be a long way to go for the lakes to overflow. “It is too early to say if the lakes will overflow anytime soon.
But the city will not experience any water cut until June-end. Only after we assess the situation on July 1st will we be able to decide on further strategy,” said A S Tawadiya, chief hydraulic engineer of the BMC.