Mumbai Rains: IMD Issues Alert For June 13-14, BMC Gets Into Disaster Management Mode | Top Points

New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued heavy rain warning for Mumbai on June 13-14 in addition to a tidal wave warning, prompting the city civic body to alert all the disaster management agencies. “IMD has issued heavy rain warning for Mumbai on 13th-14th June so we’ve alerted our disaster management agencies. Fire Brigade, all disaster management units are asked to remain alert. BMC departments like BEST, Education department and Health department, etc are also asked to remain on stand by,” the BMC said in a statement.

“Education department is asked to identify locations for emergency shelters. BMC has marked residential areas near Mithi river and is ready for evacuation if situation worsens. BMC has started coordinating with NDRF, Coast Guard and Navy. They will be available to help if needed,” the BMC added. 

Here are the top points from this big weather story:

Strict action against those dumping garbage in drains, gutters

  • Mumbai Mayor Kishori Kishor Pednekar has notified that strict action would be taken against those who are found dumping garbage in the drains and gutters. She said so keeping in view the blockage of ‘nallas’, meant for drainage of rainwater.
  • Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMC) administration has also been instructed to create more awareness about the same and the use of CCTV cameras to monitor defaulters has also been proposed.
  • Citing the reason behind this strictness, Pednekar said, “In the nallas carrying rainwater, it is being observed that people are dumping plastic, goods, garbage, etc in many places, which hinders the flow of rainwater. As a result, the citizens of the area have to suffer due to flooding.”

Rain brings life to still

  • After two days of continuous showers, the residents of Mumbai got some respite on Friday morning as rains took a break in the city and its suburbs, civic officials said.
  • The transport services in the city, including the suburban trains and buses, are running as per their normal schedule, they said.
  • The south-west monsoon had arrived in the city with a bang on Wednesday as heavy rains caused flooding on roads and rail tracks, disrupting suburban train services.
  • The first rains of this year’s monsoon season in Mumbai had also caused water-logging in various parts of the city on that day.
  • In the last 24-hours, the eastern suburbs of Mumbai received 51.76 mm rainfall, followed by 43.42 mm in the island city and 34.33 mm in its western suburbs, an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.
  • Another official said that after two days of continuous rain, showers have stopped in the city and suburbs since around 9 am and the citizens also got to see sunlight.
  • On Wednesday, India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued an “orange alert” for Mumbai, predicting “heavy to very heavy rain” at isolated places till Sunday.
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