Mumbai: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) in its forecast bulletin has predicted heavy to very heavy rains in Maharashtra for the next five days. The Met department issues an orange alert for Mumbai on Friday.
IMD has also issued heavy rainfall warning for Palghar, Thane and Raigad, and added that due to strengthening of westerly winds along the west coast, in association with low-pressure area (developed due to cyclonic circulation over Bay of Bengal), widespread rains with heavy go very heavy falls likely to continue in coastal Maharashtra from June 10-15.
“Due to the strengthening of westerly winds along the west coast in association with Low-Pressure area; widespread rainfall activity with heavy to very heavy falls likely to continue over coastal districts of Maharashtra during 10th to 15th June,” IMD said.
Many areas in Mumbai have been experiencing heavy rainfall since Monday after monsoons hit the financial capital. Waterlogging in areas like Mahim, Andheri East and Sion in Mumbai was seen as the city continues to receive rainfall.
For South India, IMD said heavy rainfall is likely over coastal Karnataka between June 12-15. Isolated heavy rainfall is very likely over Kerala between June 12- 15. Isolated extremely heavy falls also very likely over Konkan region between June 12-15.
In view of the prediction of heavy rains in certain parts of the state, fifteen National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been positioned in various parts of Maharashtra, the force chief said on Thursday.
Four teams have been based in Ratnagiri, two each in Mumbai, Sindhudurg, Palghar, Raigad, Thane and one in Kurla (east Mumbai suburb), NDRF Director General S N Pradhan said on Thursday.
An NDRF team usually has 47 personnel and they are equipped with inflatable boats, wood and pole cutters and basic first aid kits to rescue rains and floods affected victims and launch relief operations. Heavy rains lashed Mumbai and its suburbs on Wednesday, causing flooding on roads and rail tracks and disrupting suburban train services as the south-west monsoon arrived in the city.