Mumbai soaked by 6 months' worth of rain in 5 days, India

Mumbai soaked by 6 months' worth of rain in 5 days, India

India's largest city Mumbai registered a total of 715.3 mm (28.2 inches) from June 8 to 12, 2021 -- nearly six months' worth of June rain (126.1 mm (5 inches)). Heavy downpours are expected to continue until June 17. This year, the city may overtake its all-time June record of 1 106.7 mm (43.6 inches) set in 2015. 

From June 8 to 9, the city already received about 60 mm (2.4 inches) of rain in just an hour, leading to waterlogging in several places, including Hindmata, Milan Subway, and Sion.

"BMC is working on war footing to drain out the excessive rainwater," said BMC chief Iqbal Singh Chahal.

"Though the flooding disrupted traffic in some parts, in most areas there were no major disruptions. The local train services were suspended for a brief period."

Heavy rains continued for days and from June 8 to 12, the total amount reached 715.3 mm (28.2 inches)-- almost six months the average rain for the month of June of 126.1 mm (5 inches).

This year, the city may overtake its all-time high June record of 1 106.7 mm (43.6 inches) set in 2015. 

"With the active meteorological conditions hinting at vigorous monsoon rains, these records could go for a toss very soon," SkyMet Weather meteorologists said.

A yellow alert is in place until June 17 as heavy downpours are expected to continue.

"Cyclonic circulation earlier persisting over the Arabian Sea off the Konkan coast has weakened. However, an east-west trough still is marked across Konkan, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and the center of low pressure," SkyMet added.

"Low pressure is expected to become more marked and westerly streams along the west coast will pick up strength. Monsoon rains will accentuate again in general over Konkan and Mumbai in particular."

"South Konkan and Goa are heading for extremely heavy rains over the next three to four days. Mumbai, Thane, Alibag, and Palghar also will have intense rains over the next two to three days."

Featured image credit: NDTV

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