Since the onset of southwest monsoon over Mumbai on June 25, the city has been getting regular showers. As per the India Meteorological Department‘s (IMD) data, the city has received more than 95 per cent of the rainfall recorded this month in just six days – between June 24 and 29. Incessant rainfall also increased to the water level of seven lakes supplying water to the city.
The aggregate water stock of these reservoirs was 7.26 per cent on June 28, which has now gone up to 10.88 per cent, they said.
In the 24 hours that ended 8 am on Friday, Mumbai, its eastern suburbs and western suburbs received an average rainfall of 31 mm, 45 mm and 61 mm respectively, an official said. The city has been getting moderate to heavy showers since early morning and the intensity of rainfall is more in the suburbs, which resulted in waterlogging at some locations, he said.
Commuters complained that the Andheri subway, located between Andheri and Jogeshwari stations of the Western Railway was closed for traffic due to waterlogging.
Traffic slowed down in parts of the suburbs as well. The suburban train services of the Central Railway and Western Railway were normal, the railway authorities said. However, commuters on some routes, including the Central Railways’ Harbour line that operates services between Panvel and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), complained of delay in train operations in the morning hours. Trains were running some minutes behind their regular schedule on the Main line of the Central Railway as well, some office-goers said. A spokesperson of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) said that despite rains, none of its buses had to be diverted to alternative routes.
In its warning issued at 7.30 am, the IMD predicted moderate to intense spells of rain at isolated places in Mumbai and neighbouring Thane and Palghar districts over the next three to four hours. “For the next 24 hours, the IMD Mumbai has predicted moderate rainfall in the city and its suburbs with the possibility of heavy rainfall at isolated places,” a civic official said.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said the useful water stock in seven reservoirs supplying water to the metropolis has increased to 10.88 per cent, which was 10.51 per cent on this day in 2022 and 17.81 per cent in 2021.
The seven reservoirs – Bhatsa, Upper Vaitarna, Middle Vaitarna, Tansa, Modak Sagar, Vihar and Tulsi, located in Mumbai, Thane and Nashik districts – provide 3,800 MLD water to Mumbai everyday.
As per the BMC’s disaster management cell, Mumbai reported 40 incidents of tree fall or tree branches fall, 13 of short circuit in the 24-hour period ending 8 am. Seven incidents, in which part of houses collapsed, were also reported.
The ceiling of a bathroom collapsed on Thursday night, in which a 35-year-old person lost his life at Kandivali East, while a wooden loft fell at a house in slum-dominated Ganapat Patil Nagar in Dahisar that led to death of a one-and-half-year old child, it said.