1. Mumbai rains horror: Know reason behind the flooding; it will leave you flummoxed

Mumbai rains horror: Know reason behind the flooding; it will leave you flummoxed

It rained 'cats and dogs' in Mumbai over the last two days and this brought back horrific memories of July 26, 2005, floods back to the mind of Mumbaikars.

By: | New Delhi | Published: August 30, 2017 12:10 PM
mumbai floods, mumbai rains, mumbai weather forecast, mumbai, reasons behind mumbai flood, india news It rained ‘cats and dogs’ in Mumbai over the last two days and this brought back horrific memories of July 26, 2005, floods back to the mind of Mumbaikars. (Source: Ganesh Shirsekhar/IE)

It rained ‘cats and dogs’ in Mumbai over the last two days and this brought back horrific memories of July 26, 2005, floods back to the mind of Mumbaikars. Although it did not rain anywhere near to that this time, yet it was enough to bring the fast paced life of Mumbai to a standstill. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, head of services at the India Meteorological Department told IE,”Parts of Mumbai can get inundated with even 50 mm of rainfall. And in the last two days, the city has received over 350 mm of the downpour. These rains were forecast well in advance. No special event has triggered it. And it is not very unusual for Mumbai. It has received more rains in the past.”

He added,”What has been crucial in this spell is the timing of the rains. Had the same amount of rainfall happened in May or June, the situation would not have been so bad. But Mumbai already has had about 2,000 mm of rainfall this monsoon season (since June) which is more than normal. The soil is already saturated with moisture. Its ability to absorb water is diminished. So we are seeing a much larger impact of the rains on city life,” the report added.

According to Meteorological officials, a low-pressure area had developed over southern Madhya Pradesh, which led to rains all over the country. The meteorological department has predicted more rain in large parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat over the next couple of days. For Mumbai, it could mean nearly 500 mm over three to four days, added the report.

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    Subhas C Biswas
    Aug 30, 2017 at 1:38 pm
    Great common sense! Wisdom appreciated. For a city with ark at and below sea level, what we need to do? Should people leave the low-lying area forever, and have mangrove planted there. Houston like cyclone will shut the city for months! Right Sir!
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    1. Kushal Kumar
      Aug 30, 2017 at 12:20 pm
      Readers may like to know this Vedic astrology writer’s alert in that regard in article “ 2017 – an opportune year for India with major worrisome concerns in February- Mach and August- September” issued widely to Indian news media last year in October and November. While covering August and September 2017 , the alert also reads : -“ Huge dangerous sea storms in coastal areas could likely lash at Gujrat …… or in neighboring States, leaving a distinct mark of devastation on the land”. In another article in global context including India , in relation to , among other things , floods , this writer had alerted on 16 May 2017 : “ these predictions may begin to show up after 24 June 2017 to grow up gradually for a final show during 19 August to 4 September with peak hype on 30 August ( it could be 29 also)”. So rain and flooding of the kind in Maharashtra , particularly in Mumbai are implied. It seems the alert would have been meaningful and useful.
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