MUMBAI: A senior official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has said that Mumbai received ten percent of the season’s showers in one day on Friday.
The downpour disrupted normal life and resulted in waterlogged roads, railway tracks and neighbourhoods. Residents were seen wading through waist-deep water to reach their offices and schools. Train and flight services were hampered and many commuters were left stranded.
“The average rainfall in Mumbai since 8 a.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday was measured at 197 mm. The maximum rainfall was recorded at Dadar at 277 mm, and minimum at 119 mm was recorded at Mumbai’s municipality headquarters. The city usually receives rainfall of 2400 mm (annually). But this time around 300 mm was recorded in one day, and we can say 10 percent of the total rainfall was recorded in one day,” said Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Ajoy Mehta.
Indian Meteorological Department head, B.P. Yadav said Friday,“Mumbai will receive heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours; similarly in Goa and the Konkan coast. Mumbai can receive more than 25 cm rainfall in next 24 hours. Showers will continue after that time period but in low intensity.”
People have been requested to stay indoors and not to venture to the shores.
Mumbai has traditionally had trouble with the monsoon season, even suffering flood-like conditions that claimed at least 1000 lives.