The fast-paced city has come to a standstill yet again and for the same reason- Heavy rainfall. According to ANI, heavy rainfall in Mumbai has caused water logging in many parts of the city. Yesterday, the India Meteorological Department(IMD) had predicted very heavy rainfall for Mumbai for the next 48 hours. According to Skymet, in a span of 21 hours, the Santa Cruz observatory has recorded a good 68 mm of rain. During the last 2 hours, the maximum city has been receiving heavy to very heavy rains. Due to these rains, several areas have been waterlogged and traffic snarls are expected as office commuters have begun their journey. Local trains could also suffer a setback as several rail tracks are also waterlogged. “The Western line is running about 15 to 20 minutes late. Not only this, there is likely to be some delay in flights as well due to heavy downpours in the city,” Skymet further added. These showers are expected to continue for another few hours.
Joint secretary of the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), Rajiv Nivatkar said, “Exceptionally heavy rains are expected in the city from the morning of September 23.” “Under the influence of these weather systems, there is likely to be increase in rainfall in Mumbai and northern districts of Thane and Palghar,” he said. This year, the rainfall in Maharashtra till September 18 has been 972 mm, whereas comparative annual rainfall has been 1,050 mm. This year, the rainfall has crossed the average rainfall of last two years, which was in the range of 660 mm to 670 mm, he said.
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Last month also, heavy rains flooded many parts of Mumbai, disrupting rail and road traffic as well as flights. The downpour led to waterlogging in parts of south and central Mumbai as well as eastern and western suburbs, leading to major traffic snarls in the morning peak hours.