Mumbai Rains Update: IMD Announces ‘Orange’ Alert, Cancels Scheduled Jumbo Block on Western Line!

Mumbai is currently witnessing record-breaking rainfall, leading to significant disruptions in daily life. The city was on a red alert on Thursday, and the forecast predicts heavy rainfall continuing on Friday, causing a range of issues such as delays in local train services, widespread water logging, dangerous potholes, cases of electrocution, water cuts, and extensive flooding. In response to the heavy rainfall, schools in Thane remained closed on Friday for safety, while schools and colleges in Mumbai operated as usual.

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Despite the challenges, there is some positive news amid the torrential downpour. The continuous rainfall has resulted in a rise in the water levels of Mumbai’s lakes, reaching a significant 68%. The Modak Sagar lake in the Thane district has started overflowing, and as of Friday, three out of the seven water supplying lakes have reached their full capacity.

However, the situation remains critical as the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a yellow alert for Mumbai on Friday, predicting heavy to very heavy rainfall with rare gusty winds. The weather forecasting agency also issued an orange alert for the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra on 1st August, anticipating heavy to very heavy rainfall in the area.

The average rainfall in different parts of Mumbai has been recorded by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), with Mumbai City, Eastern Suburbs, and Western Suburbs experiencing varying levels of precipitation.

In the wake of incessant rainfall, the water release from the Irai Dam in Chandrapur district has inundated the residential area of Pathanpura, leading to waterlogging and disruptions.

The Western Railway’s suburban services were affected due to the heavy rains on Friday, resulting in intervals and operational challenges. In response, a jumbo block on the Western Line, initially scheduled for Sunday, 30th July, 2023, has been canceled, ensuring smoother train operations on that day.

Unfortunately, the heavy rainfall has also caused incidents of structural collapse, as seen in Dharavi where a ground-plus-one-storey structure collapsed, injuring a woman. As a precautionary measure, nearby rooms were vacated for safety.

Additionally, Uttarakhand has been impacted by heavy rainfall, leading to a part of the Badrinath National Highway (NH-7) being washed away due to rising water levels in the Lambagad drain.

While some lakes in Mumbai are showing positive signs with increased water levels, other regions like Thane continue to experience severe waterlogging, leading to traffic congestion and challenges.

IMD predicts that the heavy rainfall in Mumbai is likely to persist for the next 24 hours, with an orange alert issued for the district. Other districts in Maharashtra are also on orange alert, indicating the need for caution and preparedness in the face of continued heavy rainfall.

The situation remains dynamic, and authorities are closely monitoring the weather conditions to ensure the safety and well-being of the residents in the affected areas.

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