Down­pour fails to im­prove city’s poor rain­fall record

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - HT Cor­re­spon­dent ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

The city re­ceived poor rain­fall (7.17 mm) till Thurs­day evening. There was how­ever a steady down­pour in ar­eas such as Vashi, Kopar Khairane, Sana­pada and Nerul af­ter 8.30 pm.

Airoli re­ceived max­i­mum rain­fall (15 mm) in the city on Thurs­day. It was fol­lowed by Vashi (7.8mm), Be­la­pur (3.4mm) and Nerul (3.2 mm).

The In­dia Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment had pre­dicted good rain­fall in Navi Mum­bai in July.

How­ever, the poor June rains have re­mained a cause of worry for the res­i­dents.

The catch­ment area of Morbe dam re­ceived only 3.8 mm rains and the level the 88 me­tre dam on Thurs­day was 64.36 me­tre.

The NMMC of­fi­cials said that if the dam is filled be­cause of poor rains, the city will face se­vere wa­ter cri­sis just a few months af­ter the mon­soon.

Navi Mum­bai wit­nessed an un­prece­dented wa­ter cri­sis this year be­cause of the same rea­son. The rain fall re­ceived by city last year was the worst since 2004.

“In the early hours of Thurs­day, a tree fell be­cause of rains near a slum in Be­la­pur. A sim­i­lar in­ci­dent took place in Airoli on Wed­nes­day. But there were no ca­su­al­ties,” said an of­fi­cial Peo­ple shop in the rain at Koper Khairne mar­ket on Thurs­day.

from the dis­as­ter man­age­ment cell.

“Even as our zonal of­fi­cers have re­mained alert ever since the on­set of the mon­soon, they have not re­ceived any emer­gency calls from any­where so far. Drains and nul­lahs were cleaned be­fore the mon­soon and there is no ma­jor wa­ter log­ging in our ju­ris­dic­tion so far,” said the civic of­fi­cial.

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