August 29, 2017, will go down as yet another black day in the history of Mumbai as the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) weather station in suburban Mumbai recorded the highest ever 12-hour precipitation in the city since 2005 on Tuesday with 315.8 mm of rain in 12 hours ending at 8.30 pm. As many as 5 people were reported dead by The Indian Express, many modes of transports including BEST buses, taxis and autos were stalled. Wednesday will be yet another challenge for the city as bringing life back to normal won’t be an easy task.
The MeT department on Tuesday had said that the western coast of Maharashtra, including Mumbai, is expected to receive extremely heavy rainfall in the next 24 to 48 hours and various government establishments, including airports, were warned. The region may receive up to 250 mm rainfall during the period, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD). “Areas such as Mumbai, south Gujarat, Konkan, Goa and West Vidarbha will get extremely heavy rainfall in the next 24 to 48 hours. It is a serious situation. We have issued necessary warnings to departments concerned, including airports,” A K Srivastav, head of climate monitoring and analysis at IMD Pune, told PTI.
— ANI (@ANI) August 30, 2017
This means that the maximum city can witness heavy rainfall even on Wednesday. However, as per weathermen at Skymet Weather, the rain intensity will be much lesser as compared to yesterday. From 8:30 pm last night to 5:30 am this morning, Mumbai had only witnessed 21 mm of moderate intensity rains.
This was a significant improvement, as the rain was recorded at 12mm on Tuesday morning. Operations are normal at the Mumbai Airport, the Dabbawalas will get to work from tomorrow and hopefully, life will be back at normal.