Mumbai : Heavy downpour has thrown the normal life out of gear in the state capital Mumbai and neighbouring Thane district on Wednesday. The weather bureau even issued a red alert, forecasting extremely heavy rains at isolated places in Mumbai, Thane and Raigad and there is possibility of floods in the city and suburbs.
The chief minister Uddhav Thackeray urged the citizens to stay indoors and venture out only for essential work. Since Met department predicts heavy rains will continue till tomorrow, people should stay at home and venture out only if essential, Thackeray said.
The chief minister took stock of the situation and asked the BMC to coordinate with the police and railway authorities, health machinery and the National Disaster Response Force to ensure that citizens do not face any hardships. The commissionerate of police, Mumbai have also issued a statement asking people to remain at home as heavy rains lashed the city.
The weather in Mumbai – which is being pounded by heavy rains for more than two days — slid a few more notches this afternoon as the winds picked up, reaching upto 107 km per hour by evening. The sudden downturn drew warnings from the city police and Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray, who asked the people not to venture outdoors.
The met department said extremely heavy rainfalls also likely to continue over Mumbai tonight and reduce from tomorrow 6th August. Mumbai and adjoining areas will have rain and winds with speed reaching 70 km per hour is likely to continue till 6th morning and gradually reduce thereafter, the department said.
The chief minister’s office (CMO) of Maharashtra said that the chief minister Thackeray has reviewed the situation in Mumbai and adjoining areas. The officials have been put on alert in view of the met office predictions.