Mumbai: Heavy rainfall predicted for five days; warning issued
Mumbai is likely to receive heavy showers over the next five days as the meteorological department has predicted heavy rainfall in several parts of Maharashtra due to an active monsoon spell. A warning has been issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC); heavy showers are expected in the next 72 hours across Mumbai. BMC has asked people to stay alert until 21 September.
According to India Meteorological Department officials, Maharashtra's Greater Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raighar, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, and Goa would receive heavy to very heavy rainfall. Nasik, Nandurbar, Dhule, Jalgaon, Ahmednagar, Pune Satara, Kolhapur, Sangli, and Solapur are expected to receive heavy showers.
BMC was under fire last month for the flood-like situation in Mumbai. It was criticized for not being prepared to face heavy rains and not alerting residents on time. On 29 August, Mumbai received 315mm rainfall that led to water-logging and flooding, leaving several people stranded and disrupting local rail services. BMC now said it is prepared to deal with the predicted rainfall.
The civic body stated: "As per information from the Colaba observatory, the north Konkan region of Maharashtra, including Mumbai and its neighboring areas, will receive continuous rainfall. It is likely that some areas will receive very heavy rainfall."