Mumbai, June 8: Mumbai is bracing for “very heavy” rainfall over the weekend, as per a warning by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), which has also advised people to stay indoors on Saturday and Sunday. The IMD has also predicted “heavy to very heavy” rainfall along the Maharashtra coast over the weekend.

Very heavy rainfall is expected in Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts on June 9, while rains will lash districts of Konkan region, including Mumbai and surrounding areas, on June 10 and June 11.

The weather department has also issued a red alert in Goa, predicting extremely heavy rainfall in the state today.

As a precautionary measure to handle the monsoon-related disasters, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has cancelled leaves of all its officials during the weekend. “Tomorrow (Friday) there will be extremely heavy rainfall and we have issued a red alert. 95 per cent rainfall is expected in the State. Monsoon will spread across Konkan region and Maharashtra in coming days,” said ML Sahu, IMD-Goa Director.

Also, three teams of NDRF along with six flood rescue teams have been kept on standby. In addition, the BMC is monitoring all low-lying areas across Mumbai that are prone to flooding.

The civic body also said that schools run by it have been converted into temporary shelters which will be open round the clock.

On Thursday, pre-monsoon showers threw the life of Mumbaikars out of gear, disrupting road, rail and air traffic while causing water-logging in low-lying areas. Local trains on Central and Harbour lines were delayed by 15-20 minutes, and at least 10 flights were diverted following air traffic congestion.

Water-logging was reported in several areas including Malabar Hill and Hindmata, Dharavi, Byculla, Dadar TT, Kabutarkhana at Dadar, King Circle, Nagpada, Santacruz (East) and Marol Maroshi.

Rain-Related Incidents Claim 7 Lives in Rajasthan; Western UP Likely to Witness Thunderstorm Today

At least seven people lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Rajasthan over the past two days while the meteorological department has warned the over 20 districts of western Uttar Pradesh are “very likely” to witness thunderstorm and dust storm on Friday.

The districts include Unnao, Farukhabad, Kannauj, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Ballia, Ghazipur, Kushinagar, Mau, Deoria, Maharajganj, Balrampur, Shrawasti, Lakhimpur Kheri, Pilibhit, Rampur, Moradabad, Bijnor and Bareilly.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow witnessed pre-monsoon showers on Friday morning.