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Mumbai Rains: IMD issues yellow alert, 15-feet-high tide predicted to lash over coastlines

The India Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for parts of Mumbai, Thane, and Raigad for Sunday.

Mumbai Rains: IMD issues yellow alert, 15-feet-high tide predicted to lash over coastlines
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Incessant rains have continued to lash the streets of Mumbai on Sunday after heavy downpour was witnessed in the city and the Konkan region for the second consecutive day on Saturday. The India Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for parts of Mumbai, Thane, and Raigad for Sunday.

Thane had earlier received the maximum rainfall of 213.3 mm on Saturday. Also, there were reports of walls collapsing in the area as well because of the constant downpour. Kandivali witnessed heavy rain which was recorded at 184.3 mm. Moreover, a high-tide alert has also been issued with a 15-feet high tide being predicted to lash over the Mumbai coastline.

In the past weeks, the downpour has remained restricted to the southern suburbs of Mumbai. Although the Santa Cruz Observatory of Mumbai has been recording light to moderate rainfall for the last one week or so, the overall amount of rainfall over Mumbai and its suburban regions remained meagre throughout the week.

Even though the monsoons bring relief not only to the citizens from the scorching heat but to the farmers and the dwellers of Mumbai alike, it can also pose to be worrisome with issues like water logging in low-lying areas. Especially with the outbreak of the coronavirus, when the city is struggling to fight with the contagious disease, the onset can make it difficult for people to maintain social distancing norms, further giving birth to diseases like dengue and malaria which usually occurs in tropical and subtropical regions.

There are seven major lakes that provide water to the city of Mumbai. They are Bhatsa, Tansa, Upper Vaitarna, Middle Vaitarna, Modak Sagar on Thane-Nashik belt and Tulsi and Vihar in Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SNGP). So far, the city has had few spells of rain in multiple pockets, however, this is expected to change soon with the onset of heavy rainfall in the month of July.

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