Mumbai: 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. Photos and messages on Twitter gave glimpses of the damage, which included tall cranes in the port area to asbestos roofs and balcony sun shades, overturned cars on roads and falling trees.
Winds of 60-70 km per hour have been reported over Colaba. But the wind speed there increased to 107 km per hour around 5 pm, the Meteorological Department has said. By evening, Mumbai’s Colaba area received 22.9 cm rainfall while Santacruz received 8.8 cm rain, the department added.
The Central Railway tweeted to say that due to heavy rain and waterlogging, train services on harbour line between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus to Vashi and on the main line to Thane have been suspended.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s Office said he has reviewed the situation in Mumbai and adjoining areas. The officials have been put on alert as the met office predicted heavy rainfall for tomorrow as well.
“Requesting all to remain indoors. Mumbai is lashed with high velocity winds and extremely heavy rain as we all can witness. I request all, especially journalists trying to cover this to remain safe. Stay put wherever you are,” Mr Thackeray’s son and state minister Aaditya Thackeray tweeted.
While we’ve asked all to stay home, the police and urban/ rural local bodies staff are on streets and are braving the stormy rains.
Please stay home and stay put wherever indoors you are across the entire belt receiving rains
— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) August 5, 2020