Rain and high tide cause waterlogging

Low-lying areas of southern Mumbai, eastern and western suburbs are affected; flights delayed for more than 30 minutes

Low-lying areas of southern Mumbai, eastern and western suburbs are affected; flights delayed for more than 30 minutes

High tide with 4.32 meter high waves combined with heavy downpours on Saturday morning to cause low-lying areas of the city to become waterlogged. A Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) spokesperson said that Dhobi Talao, Hindmata, Road Number 24 in Zion, Gandhi Market, Parel TT in South Mumbai reported waterlogging. Similarly, Chembur and Vikroli in the eastern suburbs and Vakola, Kandivali, Bandra, Jogeshwari, Andheri, Malad and Goregaon in the western suburbs reported waterlogging and flooding.

A BMC official said: ‘The newly commissioned Britannia stormwater pumping station and similar facilities are constricted during high tides and must keep the water release valves closed for three hours before it rises. installed. As of 7:48 a.m. today, the relief valves have been closed. at 1 p.m. at high tide. Once the tide receded, the pumping stations were able to resume rinsing operations to discharge the water accumulated in the low areas into the sea. By evening, the situation was under control.

Several bus lines serving these areas have been rerouted until the water has been drained. Data from the BMC’s automatic weather stations showed that areas like Byculla, Dharavi, Wadala, Worli, Chembur and Deonar received more than 60mm of rainfall between 8 p.m. and 4 p.m. The city recorded an average of 55.50 mm while the western suburbs received 47.43 mm of rain and the eastern suburbs received 56.01 mm of rain in eight hours.

The BMC spokesperson said water levels in the lakes that provide drinking water to the city showed a 50% drop in water levels compared to the corresponding period last year. , when the monsoon had set in on time. Reports say 55 trees fell in the metropolis, with 14 reported in the city, 11 in the eastern suburbs and 30 in the western suburbs.

The Indian meteorological department has predicted more rainfall in the city over the next 24 hours. “Occasional bouts of rain with heavy rain at one or two locations likely to occur in the city and suburbs,” said the IMD 48-hour forecast.

Delayed flights

Rains affected operations at Mumbai airport on Saturday, delaying flights by 30 to 40 minutes until late in the evening. Visibility at the airport was sometimes less than 800 meters, resulting in airspace congestion.

“Almost all flights were more than half an hour late as incoming flights were delayed due to rains. Nearly a dozen flights had to circle due to traffic jams. However, there is no had no diversions or cancellations,” an airport official said.Airline officials have forecast flight delays well into the night.

The author is a freelance journalist

However, water levels in the lakes that provide drinking water to the city showed a 50% drop in water levels.

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