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    “Heavy Rainfall in Maharashtra: IMD Issues Orange and Yellow Alerts, Mumbai Faces Flooding and Traffic Woes”


    The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has raised concerns as heavy rainfall continues to lash parts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai, leading to flooding, traffic congestions, and other related issues. As a result, the IMD has issued orange alerts for Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Nashik, Pune, and Satara, while a yellow alert has been issued for Palghar, Mumbai, and Sindhudurg until Thursday.

    The monsoon officially arrived in Mumbai on Sunday, bringing with it relentless downpours that have caused widespread disruptions. Buildings have collapsed, roads have been submerged, and traffic has come to a standstill in many areas. On Tuesday alone, Mumbai received 104 mm of rainfall, intensifying the challenges faced by the city.

    To mitigate the impact of the heavy rains, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has implemented a 10 percent water cut for Mumbai residents due to moderate rainfall in the catchment area. Additionally, the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) has decided to reduce water supply by 15 percent in its respective areas starting Wednesday.

    The situation regarding water supply remains a concern as the seven lakes responsible for providing water to Mumbai city are currently filled at less than 7 percent of their required stock for the year. With the monsoon season expected to continue for the next few days, authorities are closely monitoring the water levels and taking necessary measures to ensure sufficient supply.

    The IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in isolated places over sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Konkan & Goa, and Maharashtra. The intensity of rainfall is expected to increase gradually in parts of Maharashtra over the next few days, accompanied by severe weather conditions. The IMD has accordingly issued warnings for the Konkan region, Vidarbha, and Madhya Maharashtra.

    KS Hosalikar, a senior scientist with the IMD, has emphasized the possibility of further enhancement of the monsoon over the Konkan region, including Mumbai and its satellite cities, as it moves northward. This development raises concerns about heavy to very heavy rainfall. Given the current weather patterns, it is crucial for residents and authorities to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to ensure safety.

    With several parts of India experiencing continuous rainfall in recent days, the monsoon season is expected to persist for a while longer, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). People are advised to stay updated on weather forecasts and follow guidelines issued by local authorities to minimize any adverse effects caused by the ongoing monsoon.

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