Rains continued to lash Mumbai and neighbouring Thane areas on Wednesday. The rainfall was due to the cyclonic storm Gulab that travelled westwards from Andhra Pradesh toward the Arabian Sea.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that intense to very intense spells of rain are expected to occur at isolated places in Mumbai and adjoining areas on Wednesday during the next 3-4 hours.
"Intense to very intense spells of rain very likely to occur at isol places in districts of Palghar, Thane, Mumbai, Nasik, Ahmednagar, Nandurbar, Dhule nxt 3-4 hours. Possibility of thunder/lightning with gusty winds in some areas," K S Hosalikar, senior scientist at IMD Mumbai, tweeted.
The IMD has issued a red alert for the Palghar district and an orange alert for Mumbai and Thane for Wednesday.
Additional commissioner of Thane Municipal Corporation Sandeep Malvi told news agency ANI that heavy rain has been predicted in Palghar district. "Due to cyclonic storm Gulab, heavy rain has been predicted in Palghar district, in view of which Palghar Collector Dr Manik Gursal appealed to the citizens to take proper precautions," Sandeep Malvi told ANI.
At least 13 persons died in heavy showers, floods and lightning in parts of Maharashtra with the Marathwada region bearing the brunt of rain fury, while more than 560 people were rescued after the NDRF was mobilised and helicopters were deployed, officials told PTI on Tuesday.
(With inputs from ANI and PTI)
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