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IMD issues orange alert for Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad

The India Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert for Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad for Monday, August 3.

IMD issues orange alert for Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad
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The India Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert for Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad for Monday, August 3.

According to IMD, due to the strengthening of the monsoon currents and a formation of a low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal, the intensity of the rainfall is likely to increase in the Konkan, including Mumbai and the adjoining ghat areas of the Madhya Maharashtra during the next 4-5 days.

KS Hosalikar, deputy director-general (western region) of the IMD in a statement to the media, said that the city could witness heightened rainfall activity from Monday which could continue up to August 6. He further added that the maximum impact could be felt in the city on August 4-5.

The Meteorological Department has also issued a warning for the fishermen along the Maharashtra and Goa coast as the wind speed could potentially reach 45-55kmph between August 3-6. Therefore, fishermen are not to venture off the coast during the abovementioned period. 

The IMD has also appealed to the civic body to remain vigilant during this period. Due to the continual rainfall activities in the city of Mumbai, all the low-lying areas have started to slowly overflow. While Mumbai and its suburbs have a high possibility of flash floods, waterlogging and traffic jam issues, these rain showers are likely to bring some relief for the farmers and agriculturists in other parts of Maharashtra.

According to the observatories of Colaba and Santacruz, Mumbai and its suburbs have reported 1,474 mm of total rainfall in the month of July, breaking the all-time highest record of rainfall recorded in the city.

However, since the catchment areas of Thane and Nashik which provide water to Mumbai have received less rainfall this monsoon, the city will face a 20 per cent reduction in the water supply from August 1.

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