Mumbai: A red alert has been issued for Raigad district of Maharashtra, warning of heavy to extremely rainfall till Friday. India Meteorological Department (IMD) also issued a ‘red alert’ for Mumbai, neighbouring Thane and Palghar districts, warning of very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places there.
The state government has prompted the district administration to shift over 1,000 people from 20 villages to safer places in Raigad. The district received an average rainfall of 58 mm in the last 24 hours, Collector Nidhi Choudhary said in a release.
She said in view of the prediction of heavy downpour, a red alert has been issued in the district for Thursday and Friday and an orange alert for June 12 and 13. Since there is a risk of landslides due to heavy rains, 1,139 people from 20 villages have been shifted to safer places, she said.
IMD had on Saturday confirmed the arrival of the south-west monsoon in Maharashtra at Harnai in the coastal Ratnagiri district.
The latest weather bulletin has forecast moderate to heavy rainfall in the city and suburbs with heavy rainfall at isolated places in Mumbai on Friday (June 11). As per IMD, Santacruz received 227.1 mm and Colaba reported 83.4 mm rainfall in Mumbai between 8: 30 am (June 9) to 5: 30 AM (June 10).
There is a high tide alert of 3.69 metres at 11: 56 pm low tide of 1.94 metres at 6:14 PM.
Significant rainfall was recorded in other parts of Mumbai as well in the last 24 hours (till 8: 30 am on Thursday)–
- Mumbai (Santacruz)- 23 cms
- Mumbai (Colaba)- 9 cms
- Belapur- 21 cms
- Kopar- 20 cms
- Manpada- 19 cms
- Vikhroli- 21 cms
- Long Island- 17 cms
- Mathern- 12 cms
- Raipur- 11 cms
- Mormugao- 9 cms
- Pendra Road and Shirali- 8cms
- Parbhani, Mandla and Harnai- 7 cms
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 in a tweet.
🔸Ref IMD predictions of
🔸heavy rains in Maha
🔸15 @NDRFHQ tms
🔸Pre-deployed acr state
As req by St Gov@HMOIndia @BhallaAjay26 @PIBHomeAffairs @PIBMumbai @ANI pic.twitter.com/KWMtRY81gJ
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He said the teams are being pre-deployed or positioned at these locations on the request of the state government that acted in response to the prediction of heavy rains made by the India Metrological Department (IMD).
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.
(With inputs from PTI)