Torrential rains thrashed Mumbai on Wednesday, slowing down the Island City to a crawl as the monsoon season arrived two days before its normal date.
Local train services were cancelled prior to 9 am, while BEST buses were diverted throughout the day due to waterlogging in low lying parts of the city.
Between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm, the met department’s two official observatories at Colaba and Santacruz recorded 45.6 mm and 220.6 mm rains, respectively. Santacruz’s 9-hour downpour was equivalent to 40% of June’s normal rain, which stands at 493.1 mm.
Chembur received the most rain across the city, recording 328.38 mm in 24 hours. Dadar saw 173.5 mm, Bandra 163.58 mm, and Andheri 228.82 mm. Thane (162 mm) and Navi Mumbai (320.8 mm) also saw a deluge.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and BMC commissioner Iqbal Chahal took stock of the situation at the municipal corporation’s disaster management control room.
For the next four days, the India Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar, which signals authorities to be ready in case of any disaster. It has forecasted that heavy rain will continue till the weekend, after which it is expected to subside.