Southwest Monsoon to Hit Mumbai from 7 June, Heavy Rains Expected
Several flights operating out of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Aiport were cancelled due to the weather.
The Indian Meteorological Department has forecast "heavy to very heavy" rains in Maharashtra, especially in the coastal Konkan region, from 7 June to 11 June.
As per the forecast, there is a possibility of "very heavy" rainfall in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts on 7 June and 8 June.
Also, there is a possibility of very heavy rainfall in Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts on 9 June, while there is a similar forecast for the six districts of Konkan region including Mumbai and surrounding areas on 10 and 11 June.
"As per the forecast of the Met department, the state calamity relief cell has sounded a high alert at almost all the places in the state especially in the Konkan region. The state calamity relief cell has instructed district administrations to remain on high alert to face any emergency conditions," a government release stated.
Directions have been given to the control rooms in Mantralaya, divisional commissioner's office, district collectors' offices, municipal corporations and tehsildar offices to work round-the-clock, it added.
People in Mumbai can dial 1916 and those outside Mumbai can dial 1077 in case of emergency.
The weather office had earlier told PTI that the southwest monsoon was likely to arrive in Mumbai, Goa and parts of Maharashtra by 7 June, bringing in its wake heavy rains.
Our forecast for the next 48 hours says that the monsoon will reach southern Konkan, Goa and Mumbai by June 7 and then move towards northern parts of MaharashtraIMD official to PTI
"After the onset of the monsoon, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur in the areas in the next 24 hours - that is from 8 June," he said.
A warning would be issued for fishermen, asking them not to venture deep inside the Arabian Sea, the official had said.
Rains Lash Mumbai City, Flight Ops Hit
In the last few days, the metropolis has been lashed by pre-monsoon showers. Three people have died in rain-related incidents.
Private weather forecasting agency SkyMet had predicted heavy to very heavy rains in Mumbai, its adjoining districts and coastal Konkan from 6 June to 10 June.
The pre-monsoon showers that lashed Mumbai over the 2-3 weekend continued into the week, with water-logging and uprooted trees reported from several spots across the city.
Several flights operating out of Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Aiport were also reportedly cancelled due to the weather.
According to the Times of India, the rains which began in Navi Mumbai, moved to Mira Road, Borivali, Mulund, Dadar, and other parts of the city.
Speaking to the daily, Ajay Kumar, a scientist from IMD Mumbai:
"From 6 June onwards we are expecting heavy rains for parts of Konkan and by 9-10 June extremely heavy rains are expected in parts of North Konkan especially which includes Mumbai as well."
(With inputs from PTI.)
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