The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has announced an improvement in rainfall across the state of Maharashtra along with a continued orange alert for Mumbai and Thane regions, leading to the deployment National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams across districts in the state.
IMD official KS Hosalikar, said, “Most of the districts in the state have started receiving a good amount of rainfall and the monsoon is very likely to remain active in the state in the coming 4-5 days.”
“Heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in some parts of Konkan and Central Maharashtra during this period. Also there are chances of torrential rain in some parts of Vidarbha and Marathwada,” added the official.
“Due to IMD’s heavy rainfall forecast, the NDRF has deployed 16 teams across various districts of the state in case of emergencies. There have been five teams deployed in Mumbai, two each in Kolhapur, Ratnagiri, Thane and Raigad; whereas one team each deployed at Sindhudurg, Satara and Palghar. These teams have been on alert and are ready with the necessary equipments to tackle any emergencies due to the heavy rainfall in the state,” said NDRF officer, Anupam Srivastava.
According to IMD’s data, Mumbai's total daily rainfall at Colaba and Santacruz meteorological observatories since the onset of monsoon this year has been 842.6 mm at Colaba and 926.1 mm at Santacruz.
On Wednesday, the minimum temperature recorded in Santacruz was 24.8°C and the maximum was 26.7°C, also the relative humidity was 92%. And Colaba experienced a minimum temperature of 24.6°C and a maximum temperature of 27.0°C with a relative humidity of 95%.
Meanwhile, as per data from the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), on Wednesday, Mumbai recorded a good Air Quality Index (AQI) with an AQI of 15, while other cities like Delhi, Pune and Ahmedabad recorded an AQI of 47, 24, and 22 respectively.
The lower the AQI value, the cleaner the air, while a higher AQI indicates a greater level of air pollution and health concerns.