Mumbai Rains: First heavy rain since monsoon onset cause flooding in several areas

Updated: Jul 04, 2020, 12:17 | Sherlin Rajan
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    Heavy rains lashed Mumbai with instances of waterlogging reported in several areas of the city.

    In picture: A deliveryman wades through a water-logged street in Parel.

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    The city witnessed rain showers through the intervening night of Thursday, which turned into heavy rainfall on Friday morning and the downpour continued throughout the day.

    In picture: A waterlogged street at Parel.

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    According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), waterlogging was reported from Bhulabai Desai Road, Bindu Madhav Junction, Worli Naka, Hindmata Junction, Dhobi Ghat Cuffe Parade, Chirabazar, CP Office, and Byculla Police Station.

    In picture: A BMC worker measures the water level in a waterlogged area in Parel.

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    Waterlogging in different parts of the city also forced the closure of subways, with vehicle movement slowing down as well.

    In picture: A woman sits on a stone near a waterlogged street at Hindmata Junction in Dadar.

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    In the suburbs, waterlogging was reported in Andheri forcing closure of the subway, and vehicle movement had slowed down in Borivli, Malad, and Jogeshwari areas.

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    Due to heavy rains, a tree was uprooted at Nilgiri Garden in Bandra West. A resident lodged a complaint about it with the disaster control room, following which the municipality staff reached the spot, cut the tree and cleared the area.

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    Even though Mulund, Bhandup, and Powai also witnessed good rain, there were no reports of any disruptions of normal life in those areas.

    In picture: A boy plays in the rain at Hindmata Junction in Dadar.

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    According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the Colaba observatory received 161.4mm of rain, whereas the Santacruz observatory received 102.7mm of rain on Friday.

    In picture: A girl walks through a waterlogged road in Parel.

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    The city is likely witness a surge in rainfall activities during the weekend as the city and the suburbs may receive heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours.

    In picture: A taxi wades through a waterlogged road.

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    Private weather service Skymet has predicted a rise in rain activity due to the presence of a cyclonic circulation over central parts of Konkan and Goa, that is heading towards northern area along the Maharashtra coast.

    In picture: A duo try their hand at fishing near Bandra Bandstand.

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    The private weather agency also said that rains is likely to continue in Mumbai for the next three to four days after July 5 and the showers will provide some respite from the sultry weather.

    In picture: A makeshift police checkpoint gets flooded near the Eastern Express Highway in Thane.

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    Even as the intensity of the rains will gradually decrease after July 5, the weather will not go completely dry over the city, a report from Skymet Weather said.

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    According to BMC's Disaster Control department, most parts of south Mumbai received between 4 to 6cm of rain, resulting in waterlogging at some spots and hindering traffic flow.

    In picture: A woman walks through a waterlogged street as children enjoy the heavy downpour

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    Heavy showers were also witnessed in Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts.

    In picture: A differently-abled woman crosses the road in Sion.

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    The IMD has issued an orange alert (an indication for very heavy rain) for Mumbai for Saturday, and yellow alert (an indication for heavy rain) on Sunday.

    In picture: A person interacts with a police officer near a waterlogged road in Sion.

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    Mumbai Police took to Twitter on Thursday to share a warning for heavy rains in which they advised people to stay indoors and take necessary precautions.

    In picture: A girl takes a stroll during the rain in Sion.

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    With severe water-logging being reported at many places in Mumbai, the BMC took to Twitter on Friday to issue a list of dos and don’ts to ensure the safety of the people.

    In picture: Men play football during the rains in Kumbharwada.

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    In the safety instructions issued, the civic body advised people to keep their mobile phones charged in case of emergency communications, keep torches and candles handy, store food and medicines, and refrain from venturing into waterlogged areas.

    In picture: A man checks his phone as he takes evasive action from the floods at Hindmata junction in Dadar

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    The BMC also asked people to stay away from broken electric poles, sewage, gutters, debris, and exposed power lines and keep necessary documents in water-proof bags and packets.

    In picture: A man helps a motorist by pushing his scooter that got stuck in an inundated road in Sion.

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    Finally, heavy rain lashed Mumbai after a relatively dry spell in June though Cyclone Nisarga triggered thundershowers in the city early last month. The cyclone had made landfall in Raigad and left a trail of destruction in the district.

    In picture: A woman runs to take shelter from the rain in Sion.

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    In picture: People wade through an inundated road in Kumbharwada.

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    In picture: Motorists ride their vehicles on a waterlogged road near Null Bazaar in South Mumbai

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    In picture: A woman wades through an inundated road in Sion.

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    In picture: A man rides a bicycle through a flooded road, while balancing his umbrella, in Sion

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    In picture: Children play in the rain on a waterlogged street in Kumbharwada

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With the monsoon gaining its hold over Maharashtra, heavy rains accompanied by strong winds lashed Mumbai on Friday leadiing to waterlogging in low lying areas, causing traffic jams on highways. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the heavy rains are likely to continue on Saturday. (Pictures/Ashish Raje, Pradeep Dhivar, Bipin Kokate, Sameer Markande-mid-day photographers)