Heavy overnight rainfall throws parts of Mumbai out of gear; flooding, traffic diversions follow
Incessant overnight rain followed by intermittent showers during the day threw parts of Mumbai out of gear, with the city experiencing severe waterlogging and traffic diversions for the second consecutive day on Friday.
At 227.8 mm, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Colaba observatory, the representative of South Mumbai areas, recorded the highest one-day rainfall in July since 2015. Before that, rainfall in Colaba over a 24-hour period had touched 228 mm on July 15-16, 2014.
With sudden bursts and high-intensity rainfall, South Mumbai residents saw a repeat of August 2020, “uncommon” flooding in parts of South Mumbai such as Breach Candy, Girgaum, Churchgate and Marine lines, among others. With the high-intensity downpour, low-lying areas of Kurla were again waterlogged. The Andheri subway connecting Andheri East to West was again shut for traffic and reopened only at 5 pm on Friday after flood water was pumped out. Traffic was affected and at least 16 BEST buses were diverted following waterlogging in Sion and Chembur areas.
The downpour caused heavy flooding to the city highways and Dadar Hindmata and Matunga Gandhi Market — the two areas where BMC recently completed flood mitigation projects. Chunabhatti, Sion Road no. 24, King Circle, areas in Dadar and Kandivali, Gandhi Market in Matunga, Siddharth Nagar in Goregaon, Chembur Phatak, Milan Subway, Veera Desai Road in Andheri West, Oberoi and Hub mall in Goregaon East, Santacruz near the Western Express Highway and roads leading to the Eastern Freeway were waterlogged.
An area-wise rain chart showed that parts of G south (Lower Parel, Worli), G North (Dadar), and H west (Bandra) recorded over 200 mm of rainfall. Civic officials said intense rainfall was one of the main reasons why these areas were also waterlogged.
Civic officials said there was no warning issued by the IMD for the heavy rainfall that Mumbai saw throughout Thursday. After the downpour, the IMD updated its warning to an orange alert, indicating “heavy to very heavy rain” at isolated places on Thursday afternoon.
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