As usual, the high rain intensity caused waterlogging, wall collapses, tree crashes and a staircase fall, though no injuries were reported. Waterlogging in many low-lying areas continued till late on Saturday and BMC workers struggled to pump water out. A yellow alert, indicating heavy rain at isolated places, was issued for parts of Mumbai, Thane, and Raigad for Sunday.
While the IMD’s Santacruz observatory recorded 132.2mm in 12 hours starting from 8.30am on Saturday, its Colaba observatory recorded 74.6mm.
The day started with intermittent heavy showers during the morning, and rain activity picked up in the afternoon.
In comparison, the two observatories had recorded 102.7mm and 161.4mm, respectively, on Friday.
“Due to active monsoon conditions, the entire Konkan coast, including Mumbai, is experiencing an intense spell of rainfall. The monsoon remains widespread and active over the entire Konkan belt, including Mumbai… Interior Maharashtra also received fairly widespread rainfall, but mostly moderate to isolated heavy rainfall. Intense rain activity was very likely along the west coast (including Mumbai) and adjoining ghat areas of interior Maharashtra till (the end of) Saturday. There will be a gradual reduction thereafter,” said a press release issued by the IMD.
Navi Mumbai received 104mm on average; Panvel’s municipal area and Nerul received 142mm and 119mm, respectively. For Sunday, IMD has forecast that intermittent moderate to heavy rain is very likely in Mumbai and its satellites and there is a possibility of very heavy to extremely heavy rain at isolated places.
On Saturday, the BMC received water-logging complaints from 10 places, mostly low lying areas. It also got complaints on four wall collapses, 32 tree falls and 10 short-circuits. Water-logging affected traffic movement in the city. Massive jams were seen at 38 spots. Diversions were required at three locations in Andheri and Sion. Traffic movement on both sides of King’s Circle (police station end) and Gandhi Market was severely disrupted due to flooding. An MSRTC bus was stuck in the middle of the road below the flyover, affecting traffic. The flyover experienced a massive jam too. The authorities said that water levels started rising from 3pm onwards as rain picked up. The police had to divert vehicles via Bhau Daji Road.
In Thane, a part of a nullah embankment at Chandanwadi suffered damage due to strong water currents, following which residents from seven hutments along the nullah had to be evacuated and shifted to a temporary structure. Sahar resident and former corporator Nicholas Almeida said rainwater from several areas in Andheri and Vile Parle flows to nullahs joining Mithi River. “Non-cleaning of drains and nullahs may lead to flooding in and around Mumbai Airport,” he said.