Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Monsoon arrives in Mumbai

 3 hours of rains expose Mumbai's monsoon preparedness claims
After the delay of almost over a month, the monsoon finally got active in Mumbai and the city received heavy rainfall on Wednesday morning. However, just three hours of rainfall exposed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) tall claims of monsoon preparedness as the train and road traffic crippled at important junctions in the city rendering thousands of citizens helpless. 
Though Mumbai and surrounding areas were eagerly waiting for rains with the hope in reduction of extremely high temperature, the first heavy showers were not expected. According to the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), the city suburbs received 153.6 mm rainfall from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm while the southern Mumbai received 0.8 mm rainfall on Wednesday. The rainfall in the first half of this duration was so heavy that it disturbed daily routine of Mumbai. The overall rainfall recorded, from 8.30 am on July 1 to 8.30 am on July 2, at Santacruz was 11.8 mm while it was 22.8 mm at Colaba. The cumulative rainfall since June 1, 2014 till date was 100.7 mm at Santacruz and 80.0 mm at Colaba. 

Water logging

The cases of water-logging were reported in the city and suburbs at Hindmata, Sion, Milan Subway, Andheri Subway, Kurla, Sion Subhash Nagar and RC Marg in Chembur, among other places. The traffic on the Western Express Highway was slowed down due to water logging at Kandivali. The floodwater caused bursting of a nullah at Ghatkopar leading to water-logging on the busy LBS Marg where traffic was

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