2 min read.Updated: 21 Jul 2021, 12:52 PM ISTLivemint
IMD also issued an orange alert for Navi Mumbai and Thane, forecasting intense rainfall at isolated places between Wednesday and Friday
IMD also issued a yellow alert for Mumbai and predicted moderate to intense rainfall at isolated places on Wednesday and Friday
The India Meteorological Centre (IMD) on Tuesday issued a red alert for five Maharashtra districts, including Raigad and Pune, forecasting extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places, for the next two days (Wednesday and Thursday).
Besides, the IMD also issued an orange alert for Navi Mumbai and Thane, forecasting intense rainfall at isolated places between Wednesday and Friday.
According to Skymet Weather, a low-pressure area is expected to form around July 21 and 22 over North Bay of Bengal, resulting in the activation of the monsoon surge. As a result Mumbai witnessed rainfall on Wednesday. However, the rail and transport services were not affected because of the rain.
"So far, the city of Mumbai saw 1919 mm of rainfall between June 1 and July 20," Skymet added.
And on Wednesday, the island city recorded 11.69 mm rain, while the eastern and western suburbs received 17.95 mm and 13.24 mm rain, respectively, in the 24-hour period ending at 8 am, the BMC said.
IMD also issued a yellow alert for Mumbai and predicted moderate to intense rainfall at isolated places on Wednesday and Friday.
According to BMC officials, the IMD has predicted moderate to heavy rain in the city and suburbs with the possibility of very heavy showers at a few places and occasional winds reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 60 kmph in some areas.
A red rain alert also means authorities should take preventive actions such as the evacuation of people from vulnerable areas and deploy rescue teams. The IMD's orange alert for Mumbai between Wednesday and Friday says that heavy to very heavy rain (115.6 mm to 204.4 mm) is likely at a few places in the metropolis. Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of the state are likely to receive light to moderate showers by Friday.
"In spite of the heavy rains, the Western Railway's suburban train services are running normal," Western Railways chief public relations officer Sumit Thakur said. The local train services on the Central Railway route, which were badly hit due to the heavy downpour on Sunday and Monday, were also running normal.
Meanwhile, the IMD has also predicted widespread rainfall with heavy showers at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand, and also in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and northwest Madhya Pradesh till Wednesday.
After that rainfall activity is likely to decrease, the weather department said.
The IMD also has forecast isolated extremely heavy rainfall in Konkan, Goa, and Gujarat till Friday.
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