Several parts of Mumbai flooded after moderate rainfall on Thursday, putting a question mark over the city’s preparedness for monsoon.
Parts of central Mumbai, Elphinstone Road, Parel, Dadar TT Circle and Dadar’s Hindmata, which had 1.5 feet of water, were flooded in the pre-monsoon thundershowers between 11:30am and 12:30pm. The rains stopped at noon but the flooding busted the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) claims that it had done everything to ensure these spots don’t flood.
Mumbai has since morning recorded around 50mm rainfall in Dadar, 20 mm near Dharavi, 15 mm in the eastern suburbs, 26 mm in Goregaon and 18mm in Malad, in the western suburbs, BMC officials said. “There are five pumps working at Hindmata, and water is likely to recede in half and hour,” said Kishore Desai, assistant commissioner of F-South ward.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) reported an average of around 20 mm rainfall in Mumbai, slowing down traffic on the Western Express Highway. Local trains, however, were unaffected.
The weather bureau has issued an ‘extremely heavy’ rainfall alert for the city from June 9 to 11 (Saturday to Monday), and BMC expects more water-logging over the weekend.
The weather bureau said conditions are favourable for the setting in of the southwest monsoon over Maharashtra by Friday and over Mumbai this weekend. “Apart from the monsoon current, there are weather systems over central Maharashtra and from south Konkan to Kerala allowing more moisture incursions over the west coast,” said KS Hosalikar, deputy director general, western region, IMD.
Thundershowers are expected to continue through the rest of Thursday and Friday.