Mumbai rains LIVE: Is BMC prepared? Look at what civic body says – full plan of action

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Mumbai | Updated:Jun 07, 2018 7:35:04 pm

Mumbai rains LIVE: Monsoon is set to advance along the west Coast, lashing Mumbai, Nashik and other cities with torrential rains in the next six days.

mumbai rain alertHeavy rains expected in Mumbai, nearby cities today. (Reuters File)

Mumbai rains LIVE: Heavy rains hit Mumbai on Thursday as southwest Monsoon is set to advance along the west Coast, lashing Mumbai, Nashik and other cities with torrential rains in the next six days. In its latest weather forecast, the Indian Meterological department today said, “Heavy to very heavy rain very likely at isolated places over Madhya Maharashtra, Konkan and Goa, Coastal Karnataka and Kerala.” Earlier, private weather forecasting agency Skymet had predicted that rains in Mumbai in the coming day may be the worse since July 2005.

IMD also says heavy rain are expected at isolated places over Sub­ Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Odisha, Assam and Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, Marathawada and South Interior Karnataka.

IMD forecast for Thursday: heavy to very heavy rain at a few places with extremely heavy at isolated places likely over Coastal Karnataka and Konkan and Goa; heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places over Madhya Maharashtra and Kerala and heavy rain at isolated places over Odisha, West Bengal & Sikkim, Marathwada, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh and North Interior Karnataka.

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19:35 (IST)07 Jun 2018
Trains affected in Mumbai

Trains on the Central Line in mumbai were running 10 to 15 minutes late while the Western line was able to to continue services as per schedule.

17:52 (IST)07 Jun 2018
Waterlogging in several parts of Mumbai

With the monsoon likely to make landfall in Mumbai by Friday, country's financial capital continued to receive heavy pre-monsoon showers on Thursday morning. Within 45 minutes of moderate rainfall in the morningmorning, a number of areas in the citywere waterlogged.

15:23 (IST)07 Jun 2018
Mumbai rains LIVE: 37mm rain recorded in three hours, says Skymet Weather

Santa Cruz observatory has recorded 37 mm in the last 3 hours. Showers to continue over the city, tweets Skymet. Meanwhile, Monsoon has arrived up to Goa. In next 24 hours, it will reach Southern Maharashtra /Konkan region. In next 48-72 hrs it is expected to reach Mumbai. Heavy rain warning still in place for 8 and 9 June, on 10 June intensity of rain to decrease, according to India Meteorological Department.

13:54 (IST)07 Jun 2018
Mumbai Rains LIVE: Is BMC prepared? Look at what the civic body says - full plan of action

The BMC administration has taken a number of precautionary measures to tackle any eventuality in view of extremely heavy rainfall warning by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) from June 9 to 11, a statement issued by the civic body said. 'Leaves of all the senior officials, including Deputy Municipal commissioners (DMCs), Assistant Commissioners (AMCs) and heads of departments have been cancelled and they have been directed to be available in their headquarters on June 9 and 10 (Saturday and Sunday),' it said.

On the steps being taken, the BMC said three teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) will be stationed at Parel, Mankhurd (for eastern suburbs) and Andheri Sports Complex (for western suburbs). They are equipped with walkie-talkies and flood rescue material. Besides, Navy personnel will be deployed in Colaba, Worli, Ghatkopar, Trombay, Malad for flood rescue if required, the BMC release said.

In addition to this, six Flood Rescue Teams of Mumbai Fire Brigade will be posted at the Regional Command Centres and emergency support functions like BEST (bus transport system), police, traffic police and education officers have been alerted.

The education officers monitoring school premises in all 24 administrative wards have been asked to keep shelter schools open 247. Dewatering pumps will be kept ready and flood-prone spots will be monitored closely during the heavy rain period, statement said.

As per the IMD forecast, there is a possibility of very heavy rainfall in Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts on June 9. There is a similar forecast for the six districts of Konkan region, including Mumbai, and surrounding areas on June 10 and 11. (PTI)

13:40 (IST)07 Jun 2018
Mumbai rains LIVE: BMC cancels Saturday and Sunday offs of officers

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporatio has cancelled Saturday and Sunday offs of its officers after heavy rain warnings issued by India Meteorological Department. With the IMD predicting 'heavy to very heavy' rainfall along the Maharashtra coast, including Mumbai, over this weekend, the Mumbai civic body is preparing itself to prevent and tackle monsoon-related disasters.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) administration has taken a number of precautionary measures to tackle any eventuality in view of extremely heavy rainfall warning by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) from June 9 to 11, a statement issued by the civic body said.

'Leaves of all the senior officials, including Deputy Municipal commissioners (DMCs), Assistant Commissioners (AMCs) and heads of departments have been cancelled and they have been directed to be available in their headquarters on June 9 and 10 (Saturday and Sunday),' it said. (PTI)

13:02 (IST)07 Jun 2018
Mumbai rains LIVE: Jet airways flight diverted

Heavy rain lashes city. 9W-117 Jet airways London-Mumbai flight diverted to Ahmedabad airport due to heavy rain in Mumbai. It will make a landing around 1 pm, reports ANI

12:55 (IST)07 Jun 2018
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12:38 (IST)07 Jun 2018
Mumbai rains LIVE: Rapid rise in water levels expected in Maharashtra, other states

According to Ministry of Water resources, "there is likelihood of rise in water levels in various river basins such as West Flowing rivers Between Tapi and Tadri, Godavari and its tributaries near the west coast, Krishna and its tributaries near west coast, Cauvery and its tributaries near west coast as well as in West flowing rivers between Tadri and Kanyakumari."

In a press release on Wednesday, the ministry said, "Due to the forecast of very heavy rains in and around Mumbai and advance of Southwest monsoon causing tidal waves, there is likelihood of inundation in some of the heavy rainfall affected urban areas of Mumbai City. Rivers having source in Western Ghats and flowing into Arabian Sea may witness flash floods in association with the forecasted rainfall. Since most of the rivers are dry, necessary precautions to control the activities along the river bed may be taken as flow may increase suddenlydrowning men and materials."

12:32 (IST)07 Jun 2018
Mumbai rains LIVE: Waterlogging in many areas

It has been raining heavily for over half an hour in many parts of the city. Waterlogging has been reported from many parts of the city even as this is just the first day of heavy rain in Mumbai this season. MET department has issued heavy rains alert over the next few days. People have been asked to stay indoors.

12:29 (IST)07 Jun 2018
Mumbai rains: Wind speed exceeding 50kmph now, water logging reported
12:25 (IST)07 Jun 2018
Thunderstorms hit Mumbai, visibility reduced amid heavy rains.

Thunderstorms have hit Mumbai, Jatin Singh, Skymet Weather CEO, tweets. In another tweet Skymet says, "Mumbai gets heavy rains, visibility reduced to 500 mm, wind speed exceeding 50 kmph, dense low clouds over the city. #Mumbairain #Mumbairains #MumbaiMonsoon."

12:12 (IST)07 Jun 2018
Heavy rains expected over Kolhapur, Mumbai Suburban, Palghar, and many places: Skymet

Heavy rains expected over Kolhapur, Mumbai Suburban, Palghar, Pune, Raigarh,Sangli, Sindhudurg, and Thane between June 8 and 11. Skymet Weather tweeted: "Heavy to very heavy spells of #rain and #thundershowers, are expected to occur over #Kolhapur, #Mumbai Suburban, Palghar, #Pune, Raigarh, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara, Sindhudurg and Thane between June 8 and 11. #Maharashtra #weatheralert @CMOMaharashtra."

Locals in Mumbai are tweeting about rains in Mumbai, with some claiming water logging has started.

12:02 (IST)07 Jun 2018
Mumbai likely to witness worst spell since July 26, 2005; here's why

According to Skymet, cyclonic circulation persisting over South Konkan and Goa region is the main reason because of which Mumai may witness worst spell siince 2005. 'As the system is still prevailing, we expect Mumbai to continue to record some more good rains today as well,' Skymet Weather wrote on its website. Jatin Singh, CEO of the private weather forecasting agency, tweeted on Wednesday: #MumbaiRain #MumbaiMonsoon The period between June 6th and June 12, could be the worse spell since 26 July 2005, when Mumbai recorded 900mm in a day.'

According to Skymet, the intensity of rains in Mumbai will keep on increasing. By Thursday, a significant increase leading to few heavy to very heavy spells is expected. The heavy rains may lead to flash floods and cause traffic jams, disturbing normal lives.