This Article is From Aug 03, 2019

High Tide, Heavy Rain In Mumbai; Don't Go Near Beach, Says Civic Body

The BMC has warned residents to avoid going near the sea following the possibility of a high tide, which is expected to hit the city later today.

The met department has forecast "intense heavy rainfall" in the city till Sunday.

Highlights

  • Downpour has led to waterlogging in Goregaon, Kandivali and Dahisar
  • A tide of 4.90 metres is expected to hit Mumbai in the afternoon
  • The met department has forecast "heavy rainfall" in the city till Sunday
Mumbai:

Heavy rain lashed Mumbai and adjoining areas hitting normal life and road traffic, though suburban trains and air traffic remain largely unaffected, officials said today. One person in neighbouring Thane district died after he was electrocuted at his home, news agency Press Trust of India reported.

In Mumbai, the downpour since midnight has led to waterlogging in many lowlying areas in the city and suburbs; some arterial roads were submerged under three-four feet of water, severely disrupting traffic. The downpour has led to waterlogging on the Central Railway line too, leading to 15-20 minute delay in suburban train services on the route. Chief Public Relations Officer of the Central Railway Sunil Udasi said trains on the line are running at a "cautious speed" as a precautionary measure.

Mumbai's municipal body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), has warned residents to avoid going near the sea.

India Meteorological Department senior officer KS Hosalikar said the 4.90 metre tide is expected to hit the city this afternoon. "The highest high tide of the four monsoon months is also today of 4.90 metres at afternoon, exactly during the period when IMD has forecast intense rains for the city. Heavy rainfall warnings on very high tide day in Mumbai is not a good combination please. Avoid outing, beaches," he tweeted.

He said intense rain will continue in north Konkan areas including Mumbai, Thane and Palghar for the next four to six hours. In view of the heavy rain, some schools and colleges in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri have declared a precautionary holiday to avoid inconveniencing students.

All teams of the National Disaster Relief (NDRF) teams in the state have been kept on standby for quick response if any untoward situation were to raise.

The met department has forecast "intense heavy rainfall" in the city till Sunday.

Mumbai has been facing incessant rain and waterlogging for past few days. In the past 24 hours, the city recorded 53.6 mm rain, while Mumbai suburbs notched 133.1 mm rain and the IMD has forecast heavy rain for the metropolis and coastal district for the next 72 hours.