The India Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rainfall in Mumbai and its suburbs over the weekend.
“Due to the formation of a low pressure area over north-west Bay of Bengal, two upper air cyclonic circulations – one over Chhattisgarh and the other over south Gujarat – can pull moisture incursions from the Arabian Sea, giving rain over the north Konkan coast, including Mumbai, over the weekend and on Monday,” the Hindustan Times quoted Met department scientist Ajay Kumar as saying.
These weather systems are likely to persist and provide heavy rain through the week, Kumar added. The city has been receiving heavy rainfall since monsoon set in last month.
On Tuesday, train services and flights were delayed as the city received 165.8 mm of rain over 24 hours. The National Disaster Response Force had to be brought in to rescue stranded passengers at Nalasopara railway station. Rescue officials were also deployed in Vasai in Palghar district to rescue over stranded 400 salt pan workers and their families.
Earlier this month, a section of a bridge connecting the eastern side of Mumbai’s Andheri suburb to its west collapsed, injuring five people. One woman who was injured succumbed to her wounds a few days later.