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People exercise along the Marine Drive in the morning in Mumbai on October 14, 2020. (Photo by Punit PARANJPE / AFP) (AFP)
People exercise along the Marine Drive in the morning in Mumbai on October 14, 2020. (Photo by Punit PARANJPE / AFP) (AFP)

Mumbai rains: IMD predicts heavy showers in next 24 hours, issues alert. Key updates

There is an extremely low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal and the clouds developed because of it would be hovering on Maharashtra from 14 October to 16 October, an official said

MUMBAI : Mumbai and its suburbs, including Thane, Palghar and Raigad among other areas, may witness heavy to very heavy rainfall on 15 October owing to intense rain-bearing weather systems over the east coast, according to reports.

"There is an extremely low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal and the clouds developed because of it would be hovering on Maharashtra from October 14 to 16," an official told news agency PTI.

"It would result into heavy to extremely heavy rainfall over some parts of Maharashtra," the official added.

Latest updates on Mumbai weather:

  • The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued the warning for more than 15 districts of Maharashtra, including Kolhapur, Pune, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Satara, Sangli, Solapur, Parbhani, Beed, Hingoli, Nanded, Latur and Osmanabad.
  • As per a report in Hindustan Times, the weather bureau has issued an orange alert (heavy to very heavy rain) for districts including Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Pune, Raigad, Ahmednagar, Ratnagiri, Satara on 15 October and the next three days for south Konkan and central Maharashtra.
  • A yellow alert (heavy rain across isolated areas) has been predicted for Wednesday when thunderstorms accompanied with lightning and gusty winds can be expected while heavy rain has been predicted for Friday in Mumbai, Thane and Palghar.
  • Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada regions are expected to get showers on Wednesday while Mumbai and Konkan regions would receive rain on 15, 16 October, as per reports.
  • The weather department also said that fishermen are advised not to venture into westcentral, northwest and southwest Bay of Bengal, and along and off Andhra Pradesh-Odisha-Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts and over Gulf of Mannar during 13, 14 October.
  • According to IMD's website, strong wind speed reaching 30 to 40 kmph gusting to 50 kmph very likely to prevail around the system centre and over Madhya, Maharashtra, Marathwada during the next 12 hours and gradually decrease thereafter.
  • Sea condition will be rough to very rough over eastcentral and adjoining northeast Arabian Sea and along and off Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts from 16 October.
  • Damage to paddy crops, banana, papaya trees and orchards and drumstick trees and Horticultural crops are expected. Flooding or water-logging in low-lying areas, disruption of surface transport, landslides, water pooling, etc is also expected to happen. Also, roads could be wet and slippery.
  • Meanwhile, Union minister Nitin Gadkari has written a letter to Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray, saying that rain water from Mumbai can be used for irrigation, supply to industries around the city and for horticulture in cities like Nashik and Ahmednagar.
  • Gadkari said that excess water can also be carried to drought-prone areas for domestic and other uses to overcome water scarcity, he said in the letter.

“If systematically planned, flood water, drainage and sewerage can be diverted towards Thane (adjoining Mumbai), and the entire diverted influx can be stored in a dam after treating the water midway," he said.

  • “This water can be used for irrigation and industries around the city and for horticulture purpose in cities like Nashik and Ahmednagar," Gadkari said.

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