Mumbai on Orange Alert. Heavy Rains, Waterlogging Disrupts Normal Life — Schools Shut

Schools in India’s financial capital Mumbai were shut following heavy rains that continued for the second straight day causing water-logging, traffic jams and slowing down trains.

The Met office has warned of heavy rain in the city Wednesday and Thursday, and hence declared an orange alert.

ANI quoting the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation PRO said, “In wake of IMD’s warning of heavy rainfall for rest of the day, schools shall remain closed today. Principals of schools where students are already in, are requested to take precautions and ensure that they are sent back home carefully and safely.”

The weather bureau has predicted heavy rain with intermittent spells of very heavy rain in isolated areas for the next four days. The rains first started on Monday night, reduced during day on Tuesday but resumed towards the evening.

Most weather observatories recorded an average rainfall between 92mm and 192mm.

The rains have caused heavy traffic jams on the Western Express Highway making it difficult for officer goers to reach on time as the estimated travel time was more than 2 hours. The waterlogging forced local trains to slow down on various routes.

There are four factors for the weather situation leading to widespread rainfall: A low pressure area over the Odisha coast intensified monsoon conditions; In the west coast merging of two cyclonic circulations – one over northeast Arabian Sea and one over central India; and easy west wind sheer was further enhancing westerly winds leading to heavy rain.

Mumbai has so far recorded 2,865.3mm rain since the beginning of the season and the weather bureau expects the city will surpass the 3,000mm mark by the end of the week as more rain has been predicted.

Source : Various