Weather | Mumbai facing water cuts as lakes run dry

Weather | Mumbai facing water cuts as lakes run dry
AFP
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First Published: Wed, Jul 08 2009. 10 49 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Jul 08 2009. 10 49 PM IST
Mumbai: India’s financial and entertainment capital is facing a 30% cut in water supplies, despite an overnight deluge of monsoon rains on Thursday that left some streets and homes flooded.
The civic authorities in Mumbai introduced the reduction on Wednesday as levels ran “precariously low” at the six lakes that supply the city with 3.3 billion litres of water a day.
The rains had been due to arrive on 8 June but only hit the city at the end of last month. Since then, they have been intermittent.
Heavy rainfall overnight Thursday left many lower lying areas under water.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official Anil Diggikar was quoted as saying by PTI news agency on Wednesday: “We are facing a shortage of 250 million litres of water per day.”
But he said that the one lake with higher levels can only supply the eastern suburbs, hitting the southern and western parts of the metropolis.
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First Published: Wed, Jul 08 2009. 10 49 PM IST