Ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi, Mumbai drenched in heavy rainfall

Ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi, Mumbai drenched in heavy rainfall

It has been raining non-stop in certain parts of Mumbai since Thursday night. Ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi, the Indian Met department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in the Konkan region and central Maharashtra over the next few days which also includes Mumbai.

Most Mumbaikars woke up to heavy rainfall on Friday morning. Our readers from Andheri, Vile Parle and Santacruz shared pictures and videos of rain lashing in their neighbourhood. There were also reports of heavy rainfall and traffic snarls in Bandra on Friday morning. The signal at SV Road was reportedly the pain point for many commuters. 

Not just in Mumbai, but there is a forecast for heavy rain in Thane, Palghar, Pune, Vidarbha and Marathwada. As per IMD, Palghar is likely to receive very heavy rainfall till August 24 while there is an orange alert sounded for Raigad and there is a forecast of very heavy rainfall in this region throughout the weekend.

K S Hosalikar in his morning briefing noted, "Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai received moderate to heavy - widespread rainfall in the last 24 hrs. 1,2 stations even crossed 120 mm of rainfall". He also predicted that the next 24 hours will be no different for Mumbai and the neighbouring areas.  

He further added, "Palghar, Thane, Mumbai, Raigad and Ratnagiri are likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours accompanied by gusty winds. Ghat areas of Maharastra will follow a similar pattern with possibilities of isolated extremely heavy rainfall towards Northside".

Given that the city is all set to get into a 10-day festive mode starting August 22, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has urged people to take precaution while using 13 bridges that are in a dilapidated. They have advised people to not wait on these dilapidated bridges for long hours. There is also an advised not to dance on these structures and make sure that there is a restriction on the number of people at a given time on these bridges.

Till August 17, Maharashtra has received about 16 per cent more rainfall than the normal average in this monsoon season since June.

There are seven reservoirs that provide water supply to Mumbai. They are Modak Sagar, Vihar and Tulsi, Bhatsa, Upper Vaitarna, Middle Vaitarna, Tansa. While Tulsi and Vihar lakes, which are located just outside city limits, have already filled up, Modak Sagar started overflowing on Tuesday night.

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