Mumbai: Mumbai was brought to its knees by the 332 mm rains and gusty winds, with speeds of up to 110 kilometres per hour. The rains broke the 46-year record in Mumbai. The water level in the dams has increased satisfactorily, in view of the heavy rains in the catchment areas. 16 NDRF teams have been deployed in Mumbai, Konkan and other locations in the state to handle the situation created due to incessant rains. The weather bureau has warned heavy to very heavy rains in the Konkan coast, Kolhapur and Pune regions.
Since the last three days, there are torrential rains in Thane, Palghar, Konkan coast, Mumbai along with many other places in the state. On Wednesday, 143 incidents of the uprooting of trees, owing to the rains and gusty winds, have been reported in the city. There was waterlogging in the JJ Hospital. The resident doctors from Lokmanya Tikal Hospital at Sion, faced a lot of hardships as water entered their living quarters. After a landslide in Kandivali, another landslide was reported from Pedder Road in south Mumbai.
On Wednesday, 290 passengers were stranded in two local trains. Railway spokesman informed that the NDRF and RPF teams rescued all the stranded passengers. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had created temporary shelters on the railway stations and municipal schools for these people.
Borivali and some places in Navi Mumbai recorded 155 mm of rains. Whereas, Thane, Belapur, Sanpada, Chembur and Nerul recorded between 115 mm to 200 mm of rainfall. Colaba and Mazgoan recorded more than 200 mm of rainfall. Citizens faced a lot of hardships as train services were affected along with the road transport for the third consecutive day. The first five days of August have recorded 97% of the average rainfall for the month.
There is consolation for the Mumbaikars, baffled by the incessant rains, as the catchment areas of all the seven lakes quenching their thirst have recorded substantial rainfall. With the addition of 3341.1 trillion litres of water till 6 am on Wednesday, the water stock in the lakes has reached 53930.7 trillion litres. Modak Sagar received 28 mm, Tansa 67 mm, middle Vaitarana 14 mm, Tulsi 74 mm and Vihar recorded 51 mm of rainfall till 6 pm on Wednesday.
A rise was recorded in the water stocks in the seven main water projects in the Marathwada region. 532 mm rainfall was recorded in the Jayakwadi project, and at 6 pm on Wednesday, the level of water in the Jayakwadi dam was recorded at 461.001 metres. Majalgaon project has 63.53% water stock. Majalgaon recorded the water level at 430.220 metres. It is being informed that seven water projects in Marathwada region have more than 50% water stock.
The Konkan railway services have been diverted via Miraj, because of a landslide at Pedne in Goa. Sindhudurg district recorded an average rainfall of nearly 6 inches in 24 hours, and a flood-like situation has been created in many places in the district. The Panchaganga river has crossed the danger level in Kolhapur, creating a flood situation.
Meanwhile, the farmer has been relieved, because of satisfactory rains, all over the state. The agriculture department informed that in 189 Talukas in the state, the recorded rain is either 100% of the average or above that. 93 talukas in the state have recorded rains at 75% to 100% of the average.