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Mumbai Rains: IMD issues orange alert for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar

The India Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar for Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

Mumbai Rains: IMD issues orange alert for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar
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The India Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar for Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Several pockets in Mumbai have been enjoying the downpour, however, with the onset of monsoon in the city, rains are expected to continue throughout this week.

The IMD has further predicted heavy to very heavy rains in most parts of the state for the next two days. There is also a possibility of incessant rainfall in isolated places. On Monday, July 13, Mumbai witnessed heavy rainfall in the morning itself. Furthermore, yellow and orange alerts had been issued for the entire state of Maharashtra, Central Maharashtra, Marathwada and Konkan on Tuesday and Wednesday. The meteorological department has also warned of heavy to very heavy rains in Sindhudurg and heavy rains in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad.

The city had earlier observed small bursts of rain over the weekend, though there was no continuous downpour of rain. According to data shared by the IMD’s Santacruz and Colaba observatories, rainfall of 0.2 mm and 4.9 mm over the 12-hour period on July 11 was recorded. Meanwhile, last week, Mumbai witnessed heavy rains across several parts of the city, leading to the flooding of some low-lying areas, especially the slum clusters. At around the same time, the IMD had issued a yellow alert for the region predicting up to 15-feet of high-tides to hit the coastlines of Maharashtra including Mumbai, Raigad, and Thane on July 5.

Even though the rain brings with it a kind of inexplicable relief, the onset of monsoon can make it difficult for people to maintain social distancing norms, which can prove to be dangerous in a city plagued by the coronavirus. It can further give birth to water-borne diseases like dengue and malaria which usually occurs in tropical and subtropical regions.

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