IMD issues red alert, schools to remain closed in these Maharashtra districts on Friday due to rain.

Amidst the downpour, the district administration in Maharashtra’s Palghar took precautionary measures, announcing the closure of schools and colleges on Friday due to a heavy rainfall alert from the weather department. This decision also applies to Ratnagiri and Thane districts.

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In the midst of this weather situation, Mumbai found itself under a yellow alert issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday. The city witnessed various areas grappling with waterlogging on Thursday.

With Mumbai already receiving 90% of its average seasonal rainfall until Thursday, as reported by the weather department, authorities acted proactively, closing schools and colleges to ensure safety.

Notably, the Tansa Lake in Mumbai started overflowing early in the morning on Wednesday, as reported by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

The IMD official, Sunil Kamble, highlighted the severity of the situation, issuing a red alert for Mumbai after significant rainfall, with Colaba recording 223 mm and Santacruz recording 145 mm in the last 24 hours. In addition, yellow and orange alerts were announced for Vidarbha and Marathwada respectively.

The weather scenario prompted the IMD to issue a red alert for Mumbai and the nearby Raigad district, indicating heavy rainfall predictions. Orange alerts were also given for Thane and Palghar districts, signaling the likelihood of substantial rainfall in those regions.

During a 24-hour period ending at 8.30 am on Thursday, both the Colaba and Santacruz observatories recorded significant rainfall, with the island city experiencing extremely heavy rainfall at 223.2 mm.

The situation impacted public transportation as well, with some buses in the western suburbs being diverted due to the evening rain.

Overall, the situation calls for heightened awareness and precautionary measures as Mumbai and other districts in Maharashtra face the consequences of this aggravated monsoon.

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