Mumbai: Iqbal Singh Chahal, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner said Mumbai recorded a 230 mm rainfall within 10 hours of incessant rainfall, adding that a flood-like situation had been created in the city.
Speaking to ANI, Iqbal Singh Chahal said “The downpour started around 7 pm last night and slowed down around five to six am today morning. In the 10-hour downpour, 230 mm of rainfall was recorded in Mumbai. The Mithi river had swelled up in the morning because of the heavy rains and went above the prescribed danger mark of 27 meters. In the morning it had gone up to 34 meters and we had started to evacuate people in the low-lying slum areas. The water levels have come down to 24, so we have ceased evacuation for now.”
Furtherly, he added that “In the saucer-shaped areas of the city like Hindmata, King”s Circle, Milan and Andheri Subway, we cannot use the pumps till the water levels reach a certain level. As soon as the water levels reached the limit, we started to clear it out with the pumps. We are currently using 163 pumps to clear out the rainwater in these low-lying areas.”
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that between 8:30 am to 11:30 am on Tuesday, Colaba and Santacruz recorded 6 mm and 19 mm of rain respectively, while Thane recorded 16 mm.