Neck-deep in rains? Here’s a shocker for you

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - DNA Cor­re­spon­dent

The weath­er­man has pre­dicted heavy rains in the next 48 hours. Thurs­day's heavy down­pour that caught many Mum­baikars of­f­guard could just be a cur­tain raiser to what the week­end may have in store for the city.

The Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal depart­ment said that the up­per air cy­clonic cir­cu­la­tion and the off shore turf will re­sult in high in­ten­sity down­pour. “Heavy spells of rain will be seen in the com­ing two days. Cloud patches are com­ing to­wards the city. This will lead to parts of the city wit­ness­ing good amount of rain ac­com­pa­nied with thun­der­storms,” said VK Ra­jeev, di­rec­tor IMD.

In Thurs­day's rains, which should serve as a warn­ing to Mum­baikars, the in­ten­sity var­ied from 150mm/hour to 180 mm/hour. The down­pour that lasted for just four hours left the city wa­ter­logged and flooded.

The down­pour brought back fears of the July 2005 del­uge. Panic spread among disas­ter man- age­ment agen­cies af­ter the city re­ceived over 70mm of rain­fall within the span of an hour. The east­ern sub­urbs were the worse hit by the down­pour. Deonar recorded 66.3mm of rain, Chem­bur saw 73.7mm and Ban­dra Kurla Com­plex wit­nessed 62.2mm.

On an av­er­age it rained 73.1mm in the is­land city. The east­ern sub­urbs saw 80.6mm rain­fall and the west­ern sub­urbs recorded 63.7mm. Heavy rain cou­pled with high tide at 3.12am made mat­ters worse. Wa­ter log­ging was seen at Coastal Colony in Chem­bur, Labour Camp in Sion, Taxi­men Colony in Kurla, Worli, Deonar, Hind­mata and Arora Cin­ema in Parel. “We used over 94 wa­ter pumps to flush out the clogged wa­ter. Af­ter the tide low­ered, the wa­ter level be­gan to re­cede," said Ma­hesh Narvekar, chief, Disas­ter Man­age­ment Cell.

The only sil­ver lin­ing was that Thurs­day's down­pour and the con­sis­tent rain on Fri­day gave a boost to the wa­ter lev­els in the lakes pro­vid­ing wa­ter to the city. The to­tal wa­ter level now stands at 6.43 lakh.

—BL Soni DNA

on Fri­day Dadar mar­ket turned into a sea of um­brel­las af­ter heavy rains lashed the city

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