Mumbai and its suburbs experienced heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours, with certain areas receiving extremely heavy showers, as reported by officials today.
Throughout the day, the city witnessed continuous rainfall, but fortunately, there were no major reports of waterlogging in low-lying regions.
The India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Mumbai center issued a forecast for “heavy to very heavy rain” in the city today.
As a precautionary measure, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) declared a holiday for all government and private schools and colleges in Mumbai on Thursday following the IMD’s ‘red’ alert for the metropolis.
The Colaba observatory recorded “extremely heavy” rainfall at 223.2 mm, while the Santacruz observatory noted 145.1 mm of rainfall in the 24-hour period ending at 8.30 am on Thursday, according to the IMD Mumbai.
Several other areas in the city also experienced significant rainfall, with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Ram Mandir area, Byculla, Sion, and Bandra recording notable amounts.
Despite the heavy downpour, no major waterlogging occurred in low-lying areas. However, traffic was affected, and potholes on roads slowed down movement.
The Western Railway and Central Railway reported that suburban services were normal, although some passengers claimed trains were running about 10-15 minutes late.
BMC officials warned of a high tide in the morning and expected another in the evening, urging citizens to stay alert and follow administration instructions.
The weather bureau predicted the possibility of “heavy to very heavy rain in the city and suburbs with occasional gusty winds reaching 45-55 kmph” in the next 24 hours.