The Maharashtra capital is likely to face extremely heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours as an offshore trough is moving from the Maharashtra coast to the Karnataka coast at the main sea level, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Mumbai head said on Monday.
“We have issued a red alert in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) for day one and orange alert for July 20-23,” Dr Jayanta Sarkar, Head, IMD Mumbai said.
More than 30 people lost their lives on Sunday in rain-related incidents. It should be noted that the Mumbai civic bodyin its pre-monsoon survey had found 407 dilapidated buildings. Out of this, it managed to demolish only 150 such dangerous structures.
A day after heavy showers lashed Mumbai, the rain intensity reduced briefly on Monday morning and picked up momentum again, leading to water-logging at some places and disrupting local train services.
Local train services of the Central Railway were affected due to water-logging on tracks between Vikhroli and Bhandup following heavy showers in parts of the suburbs, CR’s chief spokesperson Shivaji Sutar said. The suburban train services were suspended in that section of the main line from 10.35 am to 10.50 am as a precautionary measure, he said.
“Trains are being run at a cautious speed between Kanjurmarg and Vikhroli stations due to heavy rain,” Sutar said.
Meanwhile, a port warning has been issued stating that squally weather with wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is likely to prevail along and off the Maharashtra-Goa coast till July 22.
On Sunday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took stock of the preparedness by various government agencies to tackle any emergency and directed the agencies to remain more alert and asked authorities to keep a watch on landslide-prone areas and dilapidated buildings.