Mumbai, June 9: A high alert has been issued in the city over the weekend as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted "extreme rainfall" along the coastline of Maharashtra and Goa over the weekend. The personnel of Indian Navy and Naval Coast Guard have been kept on standby to avert the potential disaster. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) - the civic body of Mumbai metropolitan region - has cancelled the leaves of all its employees. Stay tuned here for the live news and updates related to Mumbai rains.
Although the rainfall warning was issued since Friday, with residents warned not to venture outside for unnecessitated reasons, there was no downpour reported yesterday. However, heavy showers were witnessed throughout the last night, with waterlogging reported in low-lying parts of the city including Hindmata, Parel and Elphinstone. However, the rainfall has been halted since the morning.
Heavy rains in Mumbai began at 1 am in the night, with water-logging reported in parts of city at 5:30 am. The Colaba observatory recorded 38mm of rainfall overnight, compelling the BMC to send alerts via mobile SMS to residents appealing not to leave their homes.
The fishermen in Mumbai, Konkan and Goa region have been warned against venturing into the coast till June 12 by the IMD. The sea conditions will remain "rough to very rough", the weather department said in its statement.