Heavy rains lashed Mumbai and its neighbouring areas during the Tuesday night and on Wednesday morning, after a dry spell of nearly a week.
The weatherman has predicted more rains in the city and its suburbs in the next two days.
Meanwhile, the flood situation is grim in Bihar and Assam where lakhs of people have been affected. A total of 174 people have died in the two states. As many as 28 lakh people have been rendered homeless in 19 districts of Assam.
Nearly 171 mm rainfall was recorded at the India Meteorological Department’s observatory at Colaba in south Mumbai between 8.30 am on Tuesday and 5.30 am on Wednesday, an official said.
The observatory in suburban Santacruz recorded 58 mm downpour in the same period, he said.
“A system of clouds is moving towards Mumbai from the Arabian Sea. The low pressure area that is developing will bring more showers to the Mumbai region in the next 48 hours,” the IMD official said.
Heavy to extremely heavy rainfall is likely at many places in neighbouring Raigad district and Ratnagiri in the Konkan region on Wednesday and Thursday, he said.
“We are closely observing the cloud conditions. Security forces as well as the National Disaster Response Force and disaster management cells of the respective districts have been informed about it,” he added.
8 deaths due to lightning in Bihar
At least eight people died due to lightning in eight districts of Bihar, including Patna, Aurangabad, Jamui and Bhagalpur on Tuesday. At the same time, more than 8.85 lakhs people have been affected by floods in 12 districts of Bihar. Due to floods, 27 people died in Sitamarhi, 25 in Madhubani, 12 in Araria, 10 each in Shivar and Darbhanga, 9 in Purnia, 5 in Kishanganj, 3 in Supaul, 2 in Eastern Champaran and Muzaffarpur. Kosi, Mahananda, old Gandak, Bagmati, Advara Samuh, Kamala Balan and Parimal rivers of the state are flowing above the danger mark.
Heavy rain warnings for Himachal and Uttar Pradesh
The Meteorological Department has issued heavy rain warnings in Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh in the next 48 hours. From Tuesday morning till evening, 51 mm rainfall occurred in Banda, 49.4 in Bahraich, 12.6 in Gorakhpur, 17 in Uri, 18 mm in Ballia. Himachal has received 39% less rainfall than normal in the monsoon season. 69% less than normal rainfall has occurred in Chamba, 10% less in Hamirpur, 39% in Kangra, 69% in Kinnaur, 34% in Kullu, 94% in Lahaul and Spiti, 48% in Mandi, 18% in Shimla, 33% in Sirmaur, and 20% less rainfall has been recorded in Una.