Mumbai rains live updates: High tide at 2:30 pm, gates of drainage system shut
All schools and junior colleges in Mumbai will remain closed on Thursday even as the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted ''extremely heavy rainfall'' in Mumbai and its surrounding areas in the next 24 hours and issued a red alert in this regard.
Mumbai: All schools and junior colleges in Mumbai will remain closed on Thursday even as the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted ''extremely heavy rainfall'' in Mumbai and its surrounding areas in the next 24 hours and issued a red alert in this regard.
In its weather forecast, the IMD said that very heavy rainfall was likely in Mumbai and isolated areas across Palghar, Thane and Raigad districts on Thursday. Other cities of Maharashtra including Nashik, Pune, and Aurangabad are also likely to witness another heavy spell of rainfall in the next 24 hours.
Here are the live updates:
Meteorologists have predicted light rain along with short spells of moderate rain during the rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Nashik today, Skymet reports.
A high tide of 3.89 metres is expected at 2.29 pm and officials have advised people not to venture in areas adjoining the seas. Gates of Mumbai's unique drainage system have been shut due to the high tide to prevent seawater entering the city.
In its weather bulletin, IMD said that this year, Mumbai recorded 2,366 mm of rain so far. However, the average rainfall for the city is around 1,800 mm, therefore, making it an excess of 26 per cent for the city as of Thursday morning. On the other hand, the suburbs have recorded 67 per cent in excess of the average rainfall.
Three National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are on standby and a helpline number 1916 has been issued by the BMC to help people in distress if needed.
In the last 21 hours until 5:30 am on Thursday, Mumbai rains of 69 mm have been recorded, of which 6 mm rain has occurred in the past six hours, Skymet weather reports.
In the last 21 hours until 5:30 am today, Mumbai rains of 69 mm have been recorded, of which 6 mm rains have occurred in the past 6 hours#MumbaiRains #MumbaiRainlive #MumbaiRainsLive #weather #Monsoon2019 https://t.co/JyQFQrbWeE
— SkymetWeather (@SkymetWeather) September 19, 2019
Weather forecast by IMD: Intermittent rain or showers likely in city and suburbs with possibility of extremely heavy falls at isolated places.
Weather Forecast by I.M.D @ 08:00 - INTERMITTENT RAIN OR SHOWERS LIKELY IN CITY & SUBURBS WITH POSSIBILITY OF EXTREMELY HEAVY FALLS AT ISOLATED PLACES.
#Monsoon2019 #MCGMUpdates #MumbaiRains #SafeMonsoon pic.twitter.com/eHOK73hetm
— माझी Mumbai, आपली BMC (@mybmc) September 19, 2019
BMC has advised people to stay away from areas prone to waterlogging and maintain distance from coastal areas. A helpline number 1916 has been issued by the Mumbai civic body to aid people in distress.
A high tide reaching 3.85 metres is expected at 2:29 pm on Thursday. People have been advised not to venture near the coastal areas during this period. The Mumbai Police has asked people to stay on alert and move out of their houses only if absolutely necessary.
The IMD has sounded heavy rainfall alert in Mumbai and surrounding areas from Thursday to Saturday. The Met Department issued a graphic of Mumbai city mapping out all the crucial points which are likely to receive torrential downpour. These areas have been marked with pink-coloured pointers.
In the monsoon of 2019, Mumbai has received heavy and relentless rainfall. It is very likely that rains may even break the record of the highest rainfall in a single month of September. This year, the city has witnessed 915 mm of rainfall in September alone.
In view of the heavy rainfall forecast, Maharashtra Education Minister Ashish Shelar on Wednesday took to microblogging site Twitter and announced the state government's decision to declare a holiday for Thursday in all schools and junior colleges as a "precautionary measure", in Mumbai, Thane, and Konkan region.