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Storms brewing over Arabian sea, likely to affect Maharashtra

The IMD has recently announced that a low-pressure area is likely to form over the southeast-east central Arabian Sea in the next 48 hours.

Storms brewing over Arabian sea, likely to affect Maharashtra
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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has recently announced that a low-pressure area is likely to form over the southeast-east central Arabian Sea in the next 48 hours. It has further warned that the low pressure is likely to intensify into a depression and move towards Maharashtra and Gujarat by June 3.

The IMD had earlier informed that the south-west monsoon will arrive in Kerala coast by the first week of June. The state is said to receive rainfall over the next three to four days. Fishing has been banned in the coasts of Kerala and the Arabian Sea for the next couple of days.

On the other hand, the monsoon season is expected to hit the state of Maharashtra by June 8. The CM had earlier announced that Mumbai is ready to face the challenges the south-west monsoon will bring in its wake. Mumbai receives very heavy rain within a short time every year, which usually brings the city to a halt. Flooding in urban areas is common in the city from June to September, resulting in the crippling of traffic, railways and airlines.

Pre-monsoon work like nullas has been inspected by drones. About 77 per cent of work in the Mithi river has been completed with water pumps being operational. Mumbai which receives an average of 2,354 mm of rainfall from June to September which has posed to be a problem especially this year with the COVID-19 pandemic around. Monsoon brings with it its own set of diseases like malaria and dengue which can further worsen the situation in the city. Challenges have become two-fold as the monsoon affects the city’s slums, usually located in the creeks and the low-lying areas. These slums have become a hotspot for the coronavirus in recent times. However, as per coast guard officials, nine ships and eight aircraft have been kept on standby to deal with any potential disaster.  


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