Rain activities to continue over Mumbai and suburbs until August 24 : Skymet

Rain activities to continue over Mumbai and suburbs until August 24 : Skymet

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

As per Skymet estimates,  (as on Friday morning) during the last 24 hours, parts of Mumbai and suburbs witnessed intense rain and thundershower activities. It also noted that till Friday morning in the period of last 24 hours, Santacruz recorded 32mm of rain and Colaba recorded heavy rain of 63 mm.

Skymet in its forecast shared, "A feeble trough is persisting from Konkan and Goa to Karnataka coast. Enough moisture feed is available over the Maharashtra coast. On and off rain activities are expected to continue over Mumbai and suburbs until August 23rd or 24th. Isolated intense and short spells are also possible".

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.

On Thursday, Tansa lake started to overflow, which is the fourth water body to overflow. It has been raining on and off in and around Mumbai since the beginning of this week. Tansa started to overflow since 7:05 pm on Thursday.

It has been raining non-stop in and around Mumbai since Thursday night and it is expected that the same will continue till Saturday, August 22. IMD had upgraded the alert in Mumbai, Palghar and the nearby areas to orange.

Mumbai’s lake levels are at 90.88 per cent as on Friday morning. In comparison, the water level was at 94.91 per cent on the same day in 2019, and 93.91 per cent in 2018. Given the shortfall in the water in the catchment area, BMC had announced a 20 per cent water cut on August 5. With the rains significantly improving in this week, there has been a demand for lifting the said water cut.

Clarifying their stand BMC said they will not lift the 20 per cent cut in water supply till all the reservoirs reach 95 per cent of their capacity. However, they had earlier in this week reduced the water cut to 10 per cent.

The seven lakes have 1,315,423 million litres of useful water content.

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