The India Meteorological Division (IMD) issued an ‘orange alert’ for Mumbai, and neighbouring Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts, warning of very heavy to extraordinarily heavy rainfall at remoted locations.
Earlier on Wednesday, the south-west monsoon set in over Mumbai and its neighbouring areas,as heavy rains lashed the town and suburbs since early morning. The primary rains of this yr’s monsoon season in Mumbai brought on water-logging in numerous elements of the town, prompting the site visitors police to close 4 subways and forcing motorists to desert their autos on roads.
The heavy downpour additionally disrupted native practice providers, that are operating just for personnel engaged in well being and different important providers, and are out of certain for basic commuters in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whereas there have been fewer autos on the town roads amid the downpour, motorcyclists and different two-wheeler riders had been unable to manoeuvre their autos at among the flooded locations. The site visitors police closed Milan, Khar, Andheri and Malad subways for motorists resulting from water-logging at these locations.
Town police appealed to Mumbaikars to not step out of their houses unnecessarily and cautioned them in opposition to travelling to among the inundated areas.
Mumbai and its suburbs is prone to expertise extra thunderstorms together with reasonable to intense spells of rainfall.
On Wednesday, suburban practice providers from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji MaharajTerminus (CSMT) to neighbouring Thane and Vashi in Navi Mumbai had been suspended resulting from water-logging on tracks. Routes of some BEST buses, run by the town civic physique’s transport wing, had been diverted to keep away from flooded streets.
In the meantime, the Nationwide Catastrophe Response Drive (NDRF) mentioned that the fifth Battalion is prepositioning 15 groups within the coastal area following a requisition from the Maharashtra authorities. NDRF mentioned that 15 groups had been being prepositioned in coastal Maharashtra following the prediction of heavy rain in Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Raigad, Thane and Palghar districts together with Mumbai. These 15 groups embrace three groups completely deployed in Mumbai.