Rainfall in last 24 hours highest since July 26, 2005 deluge in Mumbai

Rainfall in last 24 hours highest since July 26, 2005 deluge in Mumbai
In the last 24 hours, IMD’s Colaba observatory recorded 130 mm rainfall while Santacruz observatory recorded 370 mm rainfall, which falls under the ‘exceptionally heavy’ category

The rainfall in the 24-hour period from 8:30 am on Monday to 8.30 am today in Mumbai was the highest since July 26, 2005 deluge, IMD data shows.

In the 24-hour period, Mumbai recorded the maximum July rainfall since 2005 and the second highest since 1975.

During 2005, the city received a staggering 944mm rainfall in 24 hours, resulting in the deaths of over 1,000 people and leaving lakhs stranded.

In the last 24 hours, IMD’s Colaba observatory recorded 130 mm rainfall while the Santacruz observatory recorded 370 mm rainfall, which falls under the ‘exceptionally heavy’ category.

“In last 24 hours, Colaba received 13 cm rain, Santacruz received 37 cm rain. From 11.30 pm-5.30 am, more than 200 mm was recorded. The situation is gradually improving and we have brought down the warning by one level. Isolated heavy rainfall is expected in Mumbai today,” KS Hosalikar, DDG, IMD Mumbai said.

The torrential rains brought the city to a standstill, affecting the movement of local trains and road traffic. Even air traffic was hampered as authorities were forced to shut the main runway at Mumbai Airport after a Spicejet flight skidded off it last night.

According to reports, the overnight downpour took Mumbai’s rain total rainfall to 982.2 mm between June 1 and July 2, 8.30 am.

Further, the city has covered almost 45 percent of its July average rain quota (375 mm out of 840 mm) in the first two days of the month itself.

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