With the monsoons making an onset on Wednesday, June 9, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rains in Maharashtra for the next five days, with an orange alert issued for Mumbai today.
Moreover, the IMD has issued a warning for Palghar, Thane and Raigad stating that due to the strengthening of westerly winds along the west coast, in association with the low-pressure area (due to cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal), widespread rains with heavy to very heavy falls likely to continue in coastal Maharashtra from June 10-15.
Meanwhile, Mumbai’s civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has warned that cases of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease, may spike following heavy rainfall in the financial capital amidst the continual downpour.
On the other hand, speaking to Mumbai Live, Mahesh Palawat, the Vice President of Meteorology and Climate Change at Skymet Weather had earlier stated “Usually heavy rain is predicted in the latter part of June but this year we can see heavy rainfall with the onset of monsoons. Moreover, for the last four to five years we have witnessed heavy downpour. This year would not be an exception and as of now, rain activity seems to be better in most parts of Maharashtra so we can safely say that Mumbai will not face an inadequate supply of water,”
Earlier on Wednesday, June 9, the monsoons lashed Mumbai ahead of its usual arrival date, causing severe waterlogging and suspension of trains services in the metropolis. Due to the incessant downpour, the city witnessed severe waterlogging in many areas. Moreover, local train services were also hit owing to heavy rain.