Mumbai, July 27: Heavy rainfall continued to batter Mumbai and its neighbouring regions for the second consecutive day on Saturday. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), Raigad, Thane, Palghar and some of parts of Ratnagiri in Maharashtra will witness scattered heavy rainfall, and extra heavy rainfall at isolated places on July 27 and July 28. The torrential rains in the city has led to waterlogging and flooding in several parts including Andheri, Chembur, Sion, Thane among others. Mahalaxmi Express Stranded: All 700 Passengers Evacuated Safely, Special Train Arranged For Kolhapur, Says Central Railway.
Commuters faced inconvenience as operations of the city's lifeline, the suburban trains in Mumbai were hit owing to floods and waterlogging on the tracks since Friday. In its weather bulletin, the IMD said due to the strengthening of monsoon currents and the formation of low-pressure area over North West Bay of Bengal, the rainfall intensity is very likely to increase over North Konkan during next 48 hours.
In the wake of the current weather conditions, an orange alert has been issued for Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts of Maharashtra. If an orange alert is sounded, it means that the authorities should get ready for necessary action. While Mumbai continued to get intermittent showers and rain, the worst-hit were Thane and Ratnagiri with towns of Ulhasnagar, Murbad, Badlapur, Tiwala, Vangani, Khed, Mangaon, Mandangad, Chiplun and surroundings practically submerged. Catch Live Updates of Mumbai Rains Here.
On Saturday, IMD Deputy Director General K S Hosalikar tweeted, "Today's rainfall forecast for 24 hours. Heavy rainfall over konkan region including Mumbai. Moderate rainfall upto 40 mm in Vidarbha and some parts of Marathwada, South Madhya Maharashtra”.
Mumbai has been witnessing torrential rains since the last two days, triggering water-logging in parts of the city, including Sion, Matunga, Mahim, Andheri, Malad and Dahisar, which led to traffic snarls at several major junctions. In the wake of the flood-like condition in the city, the BMC requested citizens to avoid venturing around the sea and avoid parking vehicles under a tree. It said Mumbaikars can call on 1916 for in any emergency.