Mumbai Beaches Off Limits Amid Heavy Rain Warning Today

While there was some respite from the down pour this morning, the weather office warned that the city and its suburbs would likely receive very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places during the day.

Mumbai Beaches Off Limits Amid Heavy Rain Warning Today

The Met department that there is a possibility of occasional strong winds in Mumbai, officials said.

Mumbai:

Mumbai's beaches will only be opened for the general public from 6 am to 10 am while the Red and Orange alerts are in effect in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said on Friday. 

The decision has been taken in view of drowning incidents that occur every year on various beaches. 

The police department, fire department, and life guards and maintenance staff at the beaches have been alerted. 

The Meteorological Department had said earlier today that there was a possibility of occasional strong winds reaching 40-50 kmph. It has also predicted heavy rains in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg today.

The India Meteorological Department today issued a red alert in Mumbai from 1 pm today till the next 24 hours. The weather office requested people to "plan their travel and schedules likewise".

Several parts of Maharashtra have been witnessing heavy rainfall over the past few days. 

While there was some respite from the down pour this morning, the weather office warned that the city and its suburbs would likely receive very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places during the day.

The Met department also said that there is a possibility of occasional strong winds reaching 40-50 kmph, they said.

On Thursday, the IMD had issued a 'red alert' for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar district indicating heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy rains too at isolated places. A red alert indicates heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, PTI reported.

The buses of Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) and local train services, considered the lifeline of Mumbai, were normally as there was no waterlogging anywhere. However, some suburban trains are slightly behind schedule, he said.

The city, which has witnessed heavy rain since Monday, has also recorded severe cases of waterlogging that has affected traffic movement. Two cases of landslides have also been reported this week from Ghatkopar and Satara. No casualties has been reported so far. 

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