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Mumbai witnesses heavy rains today; IMD issues warning of excess rainfall for next 4-5 days

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) units should be deployed wherever required during heavy rains. The Chief Minister also said that ONGC and other central agencies should be alerted about the heavy rains.

Mumbai witnesses heavy rains today; IMD issues warning of excess rainfall for next 4-5 days
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Mumbai and its neighbouring areas witnessed heavy rains since Tuesday morning, June 8. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday, June 7, warned of heavy rainfall in all the districts of Konkan including Mumbai Metropolitan Regions (MMR) from June 10 for the next four-five days.

While Mumbai, Thane and Palghar are placed under a yellow category storm warning for June 11, Ratnagiri and Raigad are placed under an orange category warning, indicating a higher chance of heavy rainfall in these regions.

“With the likely formation of a low-pressure area over North Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood by June 11, 2021, and strengthening of westerlies, an active rainfall spell is expected over Konkan - Goa and adjoining ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra from June 10 for subsequent 4-5 days.

Widespread rainfall activity is expected over the region during the period with the possibility of heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places,” the IMD said in its daily bulletin on Monday.


Therefore, the state government has warned all the district collectors and administration to be vigilant as there is a possibility of more than 300 mm of rain in some places. Moreover, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has directed to evacuate the people from dangerous buildings, affected areas and low lying areas to safer places as per their need and take care of coronavirus hospitals.

After the announcement by IMD, CM Thackeray immediately reviewed the disaster management system in all the districts of the Mumbai metropolitan area and Konkan.

The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte, Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister Ashish Kumar Singh, Commissioners of all Municipal Corporations in Mumbai and Konkan, District Collectors, Chief Executive Officers of Zilla Parishads, Police Officers etc. The Coast Guard should instruct the Navy to be ready for help if needed during this rainy season.

The local administration should also inform the citizens about the excess rainfall in the coastal areas, as the flow of rivers changes during this period and water infiltrates in many settlements, the administration should take care of the citizens. Besides, the Guardian Minister of the district should hold district disaster management meetings to determine the outline of possible relief work. Proposals for the rehabilitation of distressed villages have been submitted to the government and should be approved immediately. Considering the long time required for the rehabilitation of these villages, the administration should relocate the people of these areas to safer places as a matter of urgency, said Chief Minister Thackeray.

He also mentioned that one should also be prepared to face an unexpected crisis. Considering the possibility of heavy rains in Mumbai, it is important to take care that the trees do not fall, water accumulation, nullahs will not remain open. In addition, hospitals should prepare alternative arrangements keeping in mind that the power supply may be disrupted in case of heavy rains. Generators, stocks of diesel, stocks of oxygen should be kept. Care should be taken to ensure that there is no interruption in the patient service by making alternative arrangements for power supply. Also, the patients in the COVID care centres should not face any problem due to heavy rains. He also expressed the need to ensure that water is not stored in those centres.

The Chief Minister also said that water storage sites in the MMR should be explored, substations and valves should be inspected properly and care should be taken to ensure that the system is functioning properly.

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This year, 474 pumps have been installed in places where water can be stored and the stagnant water will be drained. During heavy rains, junior engineers will stay at designated places for drainage. Two large tanks have been constructed in the area of Hindmata and the stagnant water in the area has been diverted and stored, said BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal.

Chahal also said that five municipal corporation schools have been set up in each ward to relocate people as per their need. He also informed that with the help of NGOs, arrangements were made for the meals of the migrants.

NDRF-SDRF deployed

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) units should be deployed wherever required during heavy rains. The Chief Minister also said that ONGC and other central agencies should be alerted about the heavy rains during this period.

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