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Mumbai records its second highest all-time rainfall after 1974 – Mumbai Mirror

The intense rainfall activity over Mumbai and its suburbs is expected till August 6 with gradual reduction thereafter, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its evening bulletin on Thursday (August 6).

Mumbai received widespread rainfall with scattered heavy to very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places on Thursday. Colaba reported the highest rainfall of 331.8 mm in 24 hrs, breaking its earlier record of August. This is also the second highest all-time record over Colaba after 575.6 mm (July 5, 1974), the IMD said. That means, even when Mumbai was deluged in 2005, Colaba had not recorded as much rainfall as it did on Wednesday.

Monsoon remained widespread and vigourous over Konkan yesterday with heavy to very rainfall at many places and isolated extremely heavy falls. Extremely heavy rainfall also occurred at isolated places in the ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra. Mumbai also experienced scattered heavy to very heavy rainfall yesterday with isolated extremely heavy rainfall.

Strong south westerly/ westerly monsoonal flow over the Arabian sea with winds speed reaching upto 60-70 kmph along and off west coast at lower tropospheric levels are very likely to continue to prevail during the next two days, IMD predicted.

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Fishermen are advised not to venture along and off the North Maharashtra coast during August 6 and August 7.

Due to active monsoon conditions squally weather with wind speeds reaching 60-70 kmph are likely to prevail along and off the Maharashtra-Goa coast. A cyclonic circulation lies over North Konkan and Goa and neighborhood between 4.5 and 7.6 km above mean sea level tilting southwestwards with height. The low pressure area over central parts of Madhya Pradesh now lies over southwest Madhya Pradesh and the associated cyclonic circulation extends up to 3.6 km above mean sea level.

The weather bureau has predicted light to moderate rainfall in parts of Mumbai, Thane and Palghar from August 7 till August 10.

In Photos: Incessant rain batters Mumbai; brings Maximum City to a grinding halt

Rain brings Mumbai to a halt

Mumbaikars witnessed extremely heavy rainfall accompanied by strong winds, which brought the city to a grinding halt and left multiple locations waterlogged. It received the highest rainfall of the season within just 12 hours on Wednesday besides the highest-ever wind speed, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. The island city recorded 215.8 mm rain, followed by 101.9 mm in eastern suburbs and 76.03 mm in western suburbs. Here are some of the photos that reveal how the Maximum city looked on Wednesday. Photo by Deepak Turbhekar/MMCL

Spirit of Mumbai tired and beaten

Like many others in the city, Ashok Singh (45), a resident of Kurla and a father of two, had opened his business on Wednesday after being driven to penury during the lockdown — one of his two daughters lost her job and the family exhausted all savings. But within hours the street outside the shop was flooded and he had no option but to pull down the shutters and start a long, lonely trek home. Ashok, a vegetable vendor at Bhendi Bazar, was clicked by Mumbai Mirror photojournalist Sachin Haralkar when he burst into tears at King Circle as he walked back to his house in Kurla. Photo by Sachin Haralkar/MMCL

300 passengers rescued

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) rescued nearly 300 passengers from two local trains stranded on flooded tracks between the CSMT and Sandhurst Road station. At Masjid station, the water was above the platform level and it was impossible for the stranded passengers to get down and walk because of the drainage channels along the tracks. Photo by Deepak Turbhekar/MMCL

Strong winds batter the island city

The BMC said that it addressed 112 incidents of trees and branches falling in the island city, and 13 in the western suburbs and 16 in the eastern suburbs. Fallen trees were reported at Marine Drive’s D and F roads, Babubhai Chinai Marg, and opposite the Air India building on Cama Road. Some of the trees damaged cars but, fortunately, no one was hurt in these incidents. A traffic pole was uprooted near Garware Junction at Marine Drive. Photo by Deepak Turbhekar/MMCL

South Mumbai waterlogged

Several roads and areas in south Mumbai reported waterlogging and flooding. BEST buses, cars, bikes and other vehicles were seen stranded on the inundated roads, forcing many to abandon them. Photo by Satish Malavade/MMCL

PM assures help

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that the forecast is likely to continue on Thursday as well and urged people to step out only when necessary. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke with the CM about the prevailing situation in Mumbai and surrounding areas due to heavy rains and assured all possible support. Photo by Satish Malavade/MMCL

Stay indoors, Mumbaikars

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that Mumbai and the adjoining suburbs are expected to receive extremely heavy rains on Thursday as well. The BMC has opened temporary shelters for stranded passengers and others at its schools in various places across the city. Photo by Deepak Turbhekar/MMCL

Wall collapsed at Hughes Road

The Mumbai Police informed that the vehicular movement on Peddar Road has been closed from Kemps Corner to Babulnath up to Girgaum Chowpatty. The road is shut because the wall on Hanging Garden side on Hughes road collapsed, with many trees along the line also having fallen down.