India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday issued an orange alert for parts of Mumbai, Thane and Palghar …Read More
MUMBAI: The city, Thane and Navi Mumbai could witness a flood-like situation in low-lying areas following heavy rain this week.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday issued an orange alert for parts of Mumbai, Thane and Palghar from August 3-6, while a red alert was issued for Raigad and Ratnagiri for August 3. Rainfall is likely to intensify due to strengthening of monsoon currents and likely formation of a low-pressure area over north Bay of Bengal around August 4. Enhanced rainfall is also expected over districts of interior Maharashtra, which is much needed as it has some areas that supply water to the city.
An orange alert indicates heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places, while a red alert indicates extremely heavy rain at isolated places being very likely. IMD headquarters in Delhi also issued a red alert for Konkan coast, which includes Mumbai, for August 4.
IMD deputy director-general (western region) K S Hosalikar said, “Enhanced rainfall is likely in Mumbai from Monday. It could continue till August 6, with a likely maximum impact on August 4-5 in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai. It could lead to a flood-like situation, especially in low-lying areas. People must check IMD’s website for updates.”
Ministry of earth sciences secretary Dr M Rajeevan tweeted that models indicate a weather system over Bay of Bengal by August 4, a remnant from Pacific is likely to move across Central India to Gujarat and very heavy rain is expected over central plains and west coast, including Mumbai, especially on August 6.
IMD had warned fisherman along Maharashtra and Goa coast as squally weather with wind speed reaching 40-50kmph was likely along and off north Maharashtra coast on August 2 and wind speed reaching 45-55kmph gusting to 60kmph was likely along and off North Maharashtra coast between August 3-6.