Mum­bai re­ceives less than av­er­age rain­fall in Aug-Sep HARD TIMES AHEAD

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - TE ST - Pra­jakta Kasale

With mon­soon re­treat­ing from the state, data re­leased by the In­dian Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal De­part­ment (IMD) re­veals that Mum­bai had wit­nessed lesser spells of heavy rain­fall this year as com­pared to the last 10 years. Apart from the months of June and July, the city hasn’t re­ceived any sig­nif­i­cant rain in Au­gust and Septem­ber.

Mum­bai is known for heavy spells of rain. This year seems to be an ex­cep­tion. De­spite a good start, rain­fall started de­creas­ing in the months of Au­gust and Septem­ber. Ac­cord­ing to the IMD, Mum­bai, this year ‘Max­i­mum City’ wit­nessed fewer slashes of heavy rain com­pared to the last 10 years.

As per sci­en­tific norms, more than 64.5 mm rain­fall in 24 hours con­sid­ered as heavy rain­fall. This year Co­laba had seven heavy spells of rain­fall, thrice in June and four times in July, whereas San­tacruz had nine spells of heavy rain­fall, twice in June and seven times in July. On July 9, the city recorded 184 mm rain in Co­laba and 166 mm in San­tacruz which are high­est in this sea­son. There were no records of heavy rain­fall there­after. As per IMD, the city re­ceived 25 to 30 per cent less rain­fall than nor­mal in Au­gust and Septem­ber.

“The city wit­nessed heavy rain­fall only in June and July. Au­gust and Septem­ber did not re­ceive a sin­gle spell of heavy rains. Spells of heavy rain­fall saw a sig­nif­i­cant de­crease this sea­son com­pared to pre­vi­ous years,” said Kr­ish­nanand Hos­a­likar, Deputy Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of IMD Mum­bai.

The city faced sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions

in 2009 and 2015 when to­tal rain­fall was less than av­er­age and the city had to face wa­ter cut. When asked whether

there will be a wa­ter cut in the city, the BMC of­fi­cials said that they will take a call on it next week.

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