Mumbai Rain: Mumbai rain defies forecast, it’s Monday as usual

Reports: Media Sources
Photos:Rons Bantwal
Kemmannu NEws Network, 17-06-2013 05:17:23

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MumbaiDespite forecasts of heavy rain and a warning to residents to stay home as much as possible, it was business as usual in Mumbai on Monday.

There were lighter showers than what was predicted.

After the met department warned of intense rainfall over the next two days, the city’s municipal corporation had asked residents of the financial capital not to step out unless absolutely necessary.

Mumbai was walloped by heavy rain on Sunday for the third day in a row.

Fishermen have been warned against venturing into the Arabian Sea, which will be very rough accompanied by up to 50 kmph strong gusts, the met department said.

On Sunday, local trains were affected. The Central Railway and Harbour Line services were suspended for nearly four hours due to flooding on railway tracks.

Mumbai June 17: Water logging at Lower Parel and B D D Chawl, N M Joshi Marg. in Mumbai


Mumbai gets 27 times more rain than last year so far

Colaba records 540.9 mm rain between June 1 and 16 against last year’s 20 mm forThe torrential downpour coursing down on the city may have eased many summer-strained nerves, but for those stuck inside - or wedged out of - public transport, it was pure misery.

The volumes that poured down between June 1 and 16 this year have not only exceeded normal expectations, but are almost incredible. Mumbai suburbs recorded 604.6 mm of rain, which is 335.8% more than the average expected by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in this duration.

The island city, meanwhile, witnessed 540.9 mm rain, which is 631.1% more than the normal. “We consider 180mm of rainfall to be under the normal category, which is expected for Mumbai,” said Ajay Kumar, meteorologist, Regional Meteorological Center, Mumbai. Last year, for the corresponding period of June 1-16, the rainfall received in Santacruz was 40.3 mm and in Colaba 20 mm. This translates to a 15-fold increase in rains in suburbs and 27-fold increase in city, since the monsoon hit Mumbai on June 6. On Sunday, the city observed 99mm of rainfall whereas the suburbs received 133.2 mm. The met department predicted high tides to be observed at 5.48 am on June 17, churning waves as high as 3.21 m. The IMD also forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall accompanied by strong winds today.

Trains hit hard
Sunday saw streets and train tracks inundated by water at 35 different places in the city. The Central Railway (CR) services were suspended between CST and Dadar from 10.35 am to 2.10 pm. Waterlogging was reported at Masjid, Sandhurst Road and Byculla while Harbour line services were suspended between CST and Kurla from 10.35 am to 2.45 pm. This led to cancellations of over 340 serviOfficials of Western railway maintained that trains between Grant Road and Mahim were delayed by 10-15 minutes in the afternoon. However, it was observed that commuters were stranded at stations for lbout 50 services were cancelled, including those for the jumbo block on the rail lines on Sunday. Waterlogging was also seen at spots like Hindmata Cinema junction, Matunga-Gandhi Market, Elphinstone Road, Sion Road no 24, RCF Colony, AC Market at Tardeo, S V Road in Bandra, Chembur, Parel Bridge, Vile Parle, and Mumbai Central near Maratha Mandir.

Concrete falls
Cases of wall collapse were reported at Kurla (West), Reay Road (West) station and Sion-Trombay Road. A wall caved in at Turbhe around 1.30 pm, killing two men and injuring 3 others, most of whom were labourers. Moreover, Kalekar building, a four-storey Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) structure at Kumbharwada in South Mumbai, was evacuated at 10.33 am on Sunday as the extended portion of the building fell apart.

Some 18 families vacated the building and are residing in a hall opposite the building as schools re-opened on Monday. Speaking to MiD DAY, MHADA spokesperson Vaishali Wagh said, “The building was not on the list of dilapidated structures, as it was in a good condition. Our engineers found in the survey that the building was safe for accommodation. We will repair the portion on the day there is no rain.”ong durations as trains were running late by 45 minutes.ces, along with delays and rescheduling of long-distancing trains. the same period; Santacruz witnesses 604.6 mm against last year’s 40.3 mm for this duration

Mumbai, June 17:Mumbaikars, especially in the island city, woke up to very heavy rainfall on Sunday. From 8:30 am to11:30 amColaba recorded 122 mm and Santa Cruz 35 mm, causing floods in several areas. Though it continued to rain thereafter, the intensity became a lot less, with Colaba recording 147.2 mm from morning till evening. Santa Cruz recorded 115.4 mm in the same period.

Rainfall intensity is likely to be more on Monday. The weather bureau has warned of very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall, accompanied by strong winds gusting up to 50 kmph in the city and the suburbs. As per the bureau’s glossary, 64.5-124 mm rainfall is ’heavy’, 124.5-244.5 mm ’very heavy’, and above 244.5 mm ’extremely heavy’. Also, high tides up to 3.68 metres are to occur at 6.12 pm. If high-intensity rainfall continues in the evening, people may get into trouble finding transport for heading home from work.

Taking note of the forecast, the BMC has issued a warning: "We appeal to citizens to leave home only after consulting various media on the amount of rainfall and water-logging in their areas. Citizens should not leave home unless necessary." It has also cautioned people against venturing into sea.

Monday’s rainfall was caused by two weather systems: an active offshore trough running from the Gujarat to the Kerala coast and an upper air cyclonic circulation over Gujarat. "Together, these systems are causing rainfall over the Konkan and Goa region, including Mumbai," said V K Rajeev, director of weather forecast, IMD, Mumbai.

Moreover, very strong south-westerly winds are blowing along the west coast. For Mumbai, this means heavy rainfall with strong gusts of wind.

13 buses break down, BEST curtails services.

MUMBAI: As if the incessant rain was not bad enough, BEST added to the woes of Mumbaikars who had a trying time commuting, with fewer buses on roads. The undertaking on Sunday curtailed the number of services after 13 of its buses broke down in the downpour.

After trains stopped working, those railway commuters who had opted for the road were confronted with very few buses, waterlogged streets, diversions and snarls. Some complained that they had to spend hours on the roads owing to the detours and the slow pace of the buses-the drivers have been instructed to ply at 10kmph on waterlogged stretches.

"It was a major challenge for our drivers as visibility was low and many stretches were waterlogged," said BEST public relations officer Virendra Bagul, adding that they had to impose diversions on several routes, the main ones being at Hindmata Cinema, Elphinstone Road station and Sion. "Due to water-logging at Hindmata Cinema, buses 4,5 6,7,8 and 506 were diverted through a flyover on Dr Ambedkar Road. At Elphinstone Road, the Worli-Elphnstone bus was terminated at Senapati Bapat Marg. At Kalachowkie, we diverted three buses, which took a detour from D B Kadam Marg near Jaihind Cinema," Bagul said.

Sources in the undertaking said on a normal day, BEST operates around 4,000 buses but on Sunday, the entire fleet was not on roads. "This affected the frequency of buses as a result of which commuters had to wait for a long time at stops," said a source.

Eastern Freeway earns its stripes

While most residents struggled through flooded roads and snarls, those availing of the new Eastern Freeway had an uninterrupted ride from one end of the city to another. "I knew that train services had been disrupted. So I took the freeway to reach my office at CST," said Kharghar resident Sivadas Nair. The ride was not only trouble-free but also saved Nair a good 25 minutes from Chembur to south Mumbai.

Thank god it’s Sunday, Mumbai says amid heavy rainfall.

MUMBAI: Heavy rainfall on Sunday made tees to fall, caused potholes to emerge and led to severe waterlogging all over the city, disrupting traffic.

The lashing rains continued to create potholes on roads, with 611 being reported by Sunday since the start of the monsoon. The BMC plans to fill 181 within two days, but has been able to fill only 23 till now. "There is a sudden increase in the number of potholes being reported. We will try to attend to the problem within 48 hours, but because of continuous rainfall, the work is becoming difficult," said an official from the civic roads department.

The BMC’s disaster management cell got 100 complaints of waterlogging on Sunday. The areas included Mahim junction, King’s Circle, Matunga, Hindmata Junction, B Mudholkar Marg on Elphinstone Road, Sion, Bhoiwada, Parel, Byculla, Kamani in Kurla, Juhu, Ghatkopar, Goregaon, BJ Road in Bandra (West), Kalachowki near Cotton Green station, Lalbaug and Wadala, and areas along the Western Express Highway.

The BMC received 34 complaints of tree fall. The most serious was on Peddar Road, leading to traffic diversions. "A tree fell near Carmichael Junction. We offered diversions at Haji Ali and below Kemps Corner flyover," said a traffic police officer.

High water stock in lakes

The good news is that lake levels have been steadily rising, with water stock in all six lakes being 1.7 lakh million litres on Sunday morning, compared to 70,000 million litres on June 16 last year. On an average, the lakes have received 100 mm of rainfall in 24 hours.

According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the city receives average showers of 566 mm in June. “Mumbai has already crossed this average mark in the first eight days. Rainfall is following 2007 monsoon pattern, when a similar situation was experienced,” the official said.

Painful Sunday
 65-70  Number of roads flooded in major locations.

 107    Number of pumps used by BMC on the road to flush out the water straight into the drains.

 35 Number of areas flooded in South Mumbai.

 32 Incidents of tree falls reported.

 18 Tenements were vacated by the MHADA officials in Tardeo to prevent any loss of lives.

 In another incident, landslide was reported in Tardeo near Bhatia Hospital in Jai Hari Co-operative Housing Society near Vasantrao Naik Chowk.

2 killed, 3 injured in Navi mumbai
 Two persons died and three were severely injured after a slab collapsed at Khairane MIDC area in Navi Mumbai on Sunday. All five victims worked in a quarry. The quarry is owned by Amit Madhekar, an NCP corporator, and his father, Amrut Madhekar. “The construction that collapsed was due to heavy rainfall as it was not that old,” said Suresh Bhosle, senior PI of Turbhe MIDC Station.

Photos From Differnt Place of Mumbai(Photos From Our Senior Special Reporter Rons Bantwal)

Heavy rain slash in Mumbai. In pic water logging near  Gandhi Market, King’s Circle.

Heavy rain slash in Mumbai. In pic water logging on Rly track at Sion & Kurla on Central Rly.

Comments on this Article
Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai Tue, June-18-2013, 1:32
Yes, we were in knee deep waters and my friend Ron’s has clicked some awesome pictures. In spite of all these problems these pictures speak how cheerful we Mumbaikar’s are. Now sing along with me “Aye Dil Hai Mushkil Jeena Yahan, Zara Hat Ke Zara Bach Ke, Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan, Ha Haa, Ha Ho Ho, Ho Hi Haa Ha Haa / Hm Hm Hm Hm, Hm Hm ............
Shreenath, kemmannu Tue, June-18-2013, 11:58
Alfredo, Santhekatte I think he went Delhi International Airport.
alfredo, santhekatte Mon, June-17-2013, 9:12
i can guess our friend joseey is busy with opening man hole covers...etc...
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