After overnight rain, the city woke up to moderate rainfall on Thursday, which the weather bureau has classified as pre-monsoon thundershowers.
After a gap of a few hours, the rain restarted, and has been recorded in the suburbs, in south Mumbai s well as the surrounding areas in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).
After a little over an hour of rainfall, there was water-logging in parts of central Mumbai, in chronic flooding spots such as Hindmata in Dadar, parts of Elphinstone Road, Dadar TT circle, and parts of Parel between 11:30 am and 12:30pm. Traffic police officials started diverting traffic around Hindmata after water levels rose to around 1.5 feet. This, despite the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) claims that it is doing everything to ensure these spots don’t flood again.
Since morning, the city has recorded around 50mm rainfall around Dadar and Hindmata, 20 mm near Dharavi, 15 mm in the eastern suburbs, 26 mm in Goregaon and 18mm in Malad, in the western suburbs, BMC officials said. Kishore Desai, assistant commissioner of F-South ward, said: “There are five pumps working at Hindmata, and water is likely to recede in half and hour.”
While the India Meteorological Department (IMD) reported around 20 mm rainfall in island city, Desai said it has rained more in Dadar and Elphinstone areas, “nearly 50mm since morning”.
Traffic movement on the two highways slowed down, and there are jams on the Western Express Highway.
Local train services, however, have remained unaffected so far.