Mumbai: Monsoons have arrived in Mumbai as the city has been witnessing heavy rains since last night. The first monsoon rains hit local trains and road traffic while flooding low-lying areas in the country’s commercial capital. Large parts of Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad witnessed heavy rain, inundating several low-lying areas, barely a fortnight after the city survived the Cyclone Tauktae devastation. “Monsoon has arrived in Mumbai today, normal arrival date is 10th June every year so it has arrived prior to the average arrival date,” Dr. Jayanta Sarkar, Deputy Director General (DDG), IMD Mumbai, said. The weather department had earlier warned of heavy rains in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, and Konkan areas from June 9 to June 12. The Brihanmumbai Corporation (BMC) yesterday held an urgent meeting on monsoon preparedness as various parts of Mumbai and its suburbs witnessed water-logging due to pre-monsoon rains. Also Read - Mumbai Rains: Heavy Rains Paralyse City, IMD Warns of 'Flooding', Local Trains Suspended Due to Waterlogging; BMC Declares Holiday
Mumbai rain Highlights:
- Mumbai city and suburbs very likely to experience light to moderate spell of rainfall with possibility of occasional intense spells during next 3-4 hours: India Meteorological Department
- 5 NDRF teams are gearing up to respond in wake of heavy rainfall alert issued by IMD in coastal districts of Maharashtra. 15 teams are being pre-positioned in coastal districts of the state: NDRF
- Train services between CSMT-Thane and CSMT- Vashi, CSMT-Bandra/Goregaon have been halted due to heavy rain and waterlogging on tracks at Kurla-Sion and Chunabatti stations: Central Railways
- The Mithi river has overflown due to heavy rainfall in Mumbai, leading to water-logging in nearby localities in the Kurla area.
- Despite very heavy rain, traffic on all four lines continued throughout the day. Trains are running at a restricted speed of 25 kmph on down slow line in Matunga Road-Mahim section due to some waterlogging on down slow line in view of safety of train operations: Western Railway
- Mumbai’s Santacruz recorded 164.8 mm rainfall, while Colaba witnessed 32.2 mm rainfall: India Meteorological Department
- Yellow & Red alert issued for some districts of Konkan Kinarpatti (coastal strip). Red alert issued for Mumbai today & Yellow alert for next 4 days. Konkan Kinarpatti including Mumbai may receive heavy to very heavy rainfall for next 4 days: Shubhangi Bhute, Scientist, IMD Mumbai.
- Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray visits the Disaster Management Cell of Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, amid heavy rains in the state capital.
- We are not getting support from the Railways as expected on the issue of clearing railway tracks following rainfall here: Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar
- Stretches of the Eastern Express Highway, Western Express Highway, major roads like SV Road in the west and LBS Marg in the east besides other roads and lanes were flooded hampering vehicular movement and resulting in traffic snarls. In some parts of Malad, Khar, Kurla water seeped into building compounds or ground floor flats as rain accompanied by thunder, lightning and strong winds lashed the city.
- Mumbai Local train services b/w Kurla & CSMT halted as water is flowing over tracks b/w Kurla & Sion stations. Traffic stopped at 9.50 am, decision taken as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident. Traffic will resume as soon as water recedes: Central railway CPRO
- Due to heavy rains & waterlogging near Chunabhatti railway station, train services on Harbour line b/w CSMT- Vashi suspended from 10.20 am. On Main line due to waterlogging in Sion-Kurla section, services have been suspended from CSMT- Thane from 10.20 am: Central railway CPR
Meanwhile, netizens stormed Twitter with pictures and memes on Mumbai rains.
According to sources, a high tide of 4.22 meters is likely at 11:50 AM. Since Mumbai is located at the coastal edge facing the Arabia sea, the high tide timings are keenly observed. Fishermen have been advised not to venture near the sea from June 9-June 12.
The Maharashtra capital on Tuesday received showers ranging between 20 mm to 40 mm in Colaba, Mahalaxmi, and parts of the Dadar area, while some weather stations in north Mumbai including Chincholi, Borivali, and Dahisar received around 60 mm of rainfall in the first half of the day.
The IMD on Saturday had confirmed the arrival of the southwest monsoon in Maharashtra as it reached Harnai in the coastal Ratnagiri district. But, despite favourable conditions, the monsoon’s further progress seemed to be slow, it said.