Mumbai, June 10: Mumbai which is battling water logged roads, traffic jams and delay in train and flight journeys will be receiving more rains in the coming hours. The weatherman has predicted more rainfall even as Mumbai came to a stand still because of water logging at several places. As the rains stopped for a while yesterday, Mumbai battled traffic woes and struggled with their daily chores. Several parts of Mumbai and its suburbs received at least 100 mm of rainfall since Saturday morning thereby adding to the resident’s distress.
As the southwest monsoon hit the state before the said date, heavy rains accompanied with gusty winds up to 60 kilometres per hour will be hitting the coasts of Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka. The warning was issued by the weather department after four deaths occurred due to heavy rains. While a teenager died after a tree fell on her, a fisherman collapsed after being struck by a lightning in Thane district. Apart from these two deaths, a woman died after she was crushed by a tanker and a carpenter lost his life after getting electrocuted.
According to IMD Mumbai, in the next 24 hours, intermittent rains or thundershowers are likely to take place while the suburbs will receive a downpour. The IMD has also issued weather warnings and rainfall distribution for the next 5 days.
With the monsoon reigning chaos in the city, the Mumbai Police too have swung into action and are on constant vigil.
With more rains in the offing and water logging reported in at least 11 places in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) disaster control room has pressed almost 3,000 personnel into service to look into problems. BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta said nullahs were being unclogged at several places to decongest water logging and traffic. The BMC has also deployed pumps and has kept the personnel of the Navy and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on standby for emergency like situation.