New Delhi: As Maharashtra entered into a festive mode in the wake of an annual 10-day ganpati festival, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an ‘orange’ alert for Mumbai and other cities along along the Konkan coast in Maharashtra for today. The orange alert implies that authorities should be ready to handle situations arising out of severe weather. Also Read - Bhiwandi Building Collapse: 14 More Bodies Recovered, Death Toll Shoots to 39
According to the IMD warning, Mumbai, Palghar, Thane, Raigad, and Ratnagiri districts may receive heavy to very heavy rainfall today, dampening the festive spirits. A ‘yellow’ alert has also been issued for Mumbai and Thane for Sunday, with ‘orange’ alert for Palghar, Raigad and Ratnagiri. Also Read - Mumbai Rains: Heavy Rains Paralyse City, IMD Warns of 'Flooding', Local Trains Suspended Due to Waterlogging; BMC Declares Holiday
On the rain situation in Maharashtra, IMD Senior Director (Mumbai) Shubhangi Bhute on Friday said, “Due to the well-marked low pressure on East MP and associated cyclonic circulation, Konkan region and ghat (upland) areas of central Maharashtra are likely to witness heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours.” Wind speeds are expected to be between 45 km to 55 km, she said in a video message. Also Read - Maharashtra: Death Toll Rises to 22 in Bhiwandi Building Collapse, Two Adjacent Towers Vacated
Further, a high tide of 4.67 meters is also expected in Mumbai at 2:14 pm today.
Civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), in a statement issued today, said, “Across the city, generally cloudy sky expected with moderate rain; heavy rainfall at isolated places.”