Mumbai, June 7: Heavy rainfall lashed Mumbai on Thursday and threw normal life out of gear. Heavy rainfall flooded roads, delayed local trains and diverted flight services, causing inconvenience to commuters. Several railway tracks across the city were affected due to the rainfall. The downpour, that has brought the much-needed relief from the scorching summer heat will continue over the weekend.
The IMD has advised fishermen not to venture into over east central Arabian Sea off Konkan and Goa coasts as well as west central and adjoining Arabian Sea off Somalia coast during 8th to 12th June. The weather agency has said that sea condition will be rough to very rough over east central Arabian Sea off Konkan and Goa coasts as well as over west central and adjoining Arabian Sea off Somalia coast during June 8 to June 12.
Monsoon hit the Goa and Konkan Coast in Maharashtra on Thursday. Rainfall is expected to reach Gujarat, Karnataka, Goa, West Bengal and Odisha over the weekend. "The widespread rainfall activity is likely to continue till 10th June. It is very likely to extend to north coastal Maharashtra, including Mumbai from tomorrow", the IMD said in its release.
The met department has said these are pre-monsoon showers and the monsoon will hit sometime over the week-end. Disaster management authorities have warned about very heavy rainfall over the next 24 hours. The island city is expected to receive normal monsoon earlier this year, as predicted by the IMD. According to reports, flood-prone areas in Mumbai like Malad, Andheri, Juhu and Thane faced water-logging in roads causing inconvenience for commuters.
The usual date for the onset of monsoons in Mumbai is June 10 but this year, IMD had forecasted early rains. Private weather forecast agency Skymet informed that with dense low clouds over Mumbai, visibility in the city has reduced to 500 metres.
Reports by PTI inform that the Mumbai civic body has taken a number of precautionary steps that include cancellation of leaves of senior officials over Saturday and Sunday. On Thursday evening, navy personnel will be posted in Colaba, Worli, Ghatkopar, Trombay, Malad for flood rescue.