Mumbaikars woke up to a cloudy morning and incessant rainfall on Saturday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) in its 24-hour forecast has predicted moderate to heavy rainfall in the city and suburbs with the possibility of very heavy rainfall at few places.
Several parts of the city and suburbs witnessed heavy rainfall along with thunder in the morning. Parts of the city reported waterlogging owing to the rainfall.
The IMD said the island city, eastern suburbs and western suburbs recorded 79.66 mm, 89.30 mm and 92.38 mm rain, respectively, in the last 24 hours.
IMD Mumbai, in its 10 am bulletin, said thunderstorm accompanied by lightning and moderate to intense spells of rain with gusty winds 30-40 kmph is likely to occur at isolated places in the districts of Palghar, Thane, Raigad, Mumbai, during next 3 hours. "Take precautions while moving out. Don't stand nearby large trees," IMD Mumbai said.
Meanwhile, a high tide of 4.34 metres is expected at 1.32 pm in Mumbai today. Also, a low tide of 1.89 metres is likely to occur at 7.27 pm today.
A high tide of 3.73 metres is also expected at 1.05 am on Sunday and a low tide of 0.75 metres at 6.55 am tomorrow.
When there is a high tide during the rainy season, it becomes difficult for the flooded water to recede. Low tide helps floodwaters in the city to find an outlet to enter the seas.
Meanwhile, the BMC has urged Mumbaikars to not venture out their home as heavy rainfall is expected in the city today. "Good Morning Mumbai. Heavy rainfall is expected in the city today, tomorrow as well as the day after. We request you to not venture out especially near the sea. Stay tucked in and safe at home," BMC tweeted.
The IMD on Friday has issued heavy rain warning for Mumbai on June 13-14 in addition to a tidal wave warning, prompting the city civic body to alert all the disaster management agencies.
"IMD has issued heavy rain warning for Mumbai on 13th-14th June so we have alerted our disaster management agencies. Fire Brigade, all disaster management units are asked to remain alert. BMC departments like BEST, Education department and Health department, etc are also asked to remain on stand by," the BMC said in a statement.
Moreover, the education department is asked to identify locations for emergency shelters. "BMC has marked residential areas near Mithi river and is ready for evacuation if the situation worsens. BMC has started coordinating with NDRF, Coast Guard and Navy. They will be available to help if needed," the statement added. Meanwhile, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Kishor Pednekar has notified that strict action would be taken against those who are found dumping garbage in the drains and gutters.
(With inputs from Agencies)