Very heavy rains predicted in Mumbai, IMD issues alert

Mumbai comes to a standstill as torrential rains hit the city

The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a warning for heavy rains in Mumbai over the weekend.

The city has already witnessed heavy showers on Friday morning. It is expected to witness intense rainfall over selected areas during the day.

Several areas of Mumbai today have very heavy rainfalls. Between 8:30-11:30 am today Colaba received 15.6cm and Santacruz received 6.1cm rainfall. There is a warning that for next 3-hour-Intense to very intense rain likely to continue at most places over Mumbai,” IMD tweeted at noon on Friday.

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Local authorities in Mumbai have also posted advisories online for mumbaikars to remain safe during the heavy showers.

“The @Indiametdept has forecasted “heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places” for Saturday & Sunday in the whole of Mumbai & Thane district. All citizens are advised to remain indoors, not venture out unnecessarily and take necessary precautions,” Mumbai Police said in a tweet.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has also issued a list of dos and don’t for Mumbaikars amid the heavy rainfall warning such as:

* Keep your mobile phones charged for emergency communication.
* Avoid waterlogged areas.
* Keep away from broken electric poles and avoid handling any electrical equipment.
* Keep away from gutters, sewage lines, wires and high-pressure power lines.

The rest of the Indian western coast has also been facing very heavy rainfall for at-least a week now. This may continue and the monsoon advances.

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