The city saw its wettest 24 hours in July in four years, with 184mm of rain recorded till Tuesday morning. There appears to be no respite from inclement weather, with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasting similar conditions through the week.
Reports of rain-related disruptions came in from across the city: a woman was injured when a tree fell on her in Kandivali, a fire was reported in Dadar without casualties and schools remained closed in Thane. In the city, principals were asked to decide by the government.
The IMD’s Santacruz observatory recorded 184mm rainfall till 8.30 a.m., while the one at Colaba registered 165.8mm. At 8.30 p.m., 111.2mm and 39.4mm were recorded by the Santacruz and Colaba observatories respectively. On July 3, 2014, the city received 207.2mm of rain, while 215.6mm was recorded on July 24, 2013. The record for July is still July 27, 2005, the day of the Mumbai deluge when 944mm of rain was recorded.
Tuesday also saw the season’s highest rainfall till date. The city has received 1,547 mm, or 62% of its annual average rainfall.
Data from BMC’s Automatic Weather Stations said Matunga received 322mm, followed by Wadala (319mm) and Worli (301mm) between 8 a.m. on Monday and noon on Tuesday. In all, 66 spots were waterlogged, including Hindmata junction, Parel TT, Gandhi market, NM Joshi Marg, RA Kidwai Marg and Milan Subway.
Power supply to Vasai and Virar was disrupted for over 12 hours. Jagdish Patil, Commissioner, MSEB (Konkan region), said several substations were submerged and power supply was discontinued as a precautionary measure, and will be restored once the water recedes. “Power was cut in the morning and it hasn’t yet returned. It has caused great difficulty as shops in the region have also shut,” said Virar resident Vijay Mahale.
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