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Sunday, June 9, 2013

WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS

Monsoon-ready? Downpour drowns claims

98mm Of Rainfall In 12 Hours Brings Down Temperature But Showers City With Usual Woes Of Train Disruptions & Flooded Roads


    Monsoon has made a dramatic entry into the city, washing out Mumbai on the very seconddayof its arrival.Recording 98mm of rain in 12 hours, Sundayislikely tobecomeoneof the highest rainfall days in June in a decade. Whatsí more, Mumbaikars must brace for similar downpour in the nexttwodays. 
    Though the Met department announced the arrival of monsoon on Saturday,it merely drizzledtheentireday.Butlate in the night, rain started lashing the city, continuing till Sunday: Between Saturday night and Sunday morning, Colaba recorded36.8 mm and Santa Cruz44.9 mm of rainfall.Incessant rain drummeddown on Sunday, seeming to gain momentum in the evening, with Santa Cruz receiving 98mm from 8.30am till8.30pm andColaba 39.3mm. 
    "Anything above 65mm of rain in 24 hoursisconsideredheavy rainfall," said an 

official from the civic disaster control department. From morning till evening, the island city received an average rainfall of 17mm, while the eastern and western suburbs recorded 67mm and 71mm. While the showers decreased the maximum temperatureby fivedegrees,offering much reliefto the scorched city, it also brought along its share of misery for Mumbaikars: cancellations and delays of train services, waterlogged roads,floodedhomes,short-circuits, fallen trees and auto and taxi drivers going on a refusalspree. 
    According to the Met department, two active systems are causing the heavy rain. "An upper-air cyclonicsystem isover northeast Arabian Sea. Apart from this, there is the persistent presence of an offshore trough from the Gujarat coast to the Kerala coast. The two together are causing the heavy rainfallin thecity," said an IMDofficial.The weather department has forecast similar spellof heavy showersfor the nexttwodays. 
    Someseem tobesurprisedby thefury of monsoon on thesecondday.Last year,thehighestone-day rainfall recordedin Junewas on 28th, nine days after monsoon arrived, when Santa Cruz received75 mm of rain.In 2011, the figure was 167 mm, but it was a week after rainssetin. 

SLAB COLLAPSE 
    
Apart of a cornice of a building on Hrishikesh Road at Kajupada in Borivli (West) collapsed but no one was injured. In Mumbra, a portion of Nadeem Apartment crashed, following which the 60 residents of the building were evacuated. A part of another house at Kakanagar in Mumbra also collapsed. 

SHORT-CIRCUIT 
    
An incident of short-circuit was reported at an ornament shop, Ambika Jewellers, in Malad (West), while another was reported at Sane Guruji Marg in Tardeo. None of the incidents led to any casualty or injury. 

WATERLOGGING 
    
The downpour flooded several areas, including Khar, Milan Subway, Santa Cruz, Bandra, Andheri, Goregaon, Kandivli, Malad and Borivli. At some low-lying places, such as Hindmata, Marol Naka and Poisar Subway, the water level rose to even 3 feet, bringing traffic to a grinding halt. 16 localities in Byculla, Kalbadevi, Mazgaon, Hindmata, Hindu Colony, Matunga, Sion police chowky, Worli, Parel and Dharavi in the island city were waterlogged as were 10 spots at Ghatkopar, Chembur, Bhandup, Kurla and Mulund in the eastern suburbs. In parts of Ulhasnagar, Bhiwandi and Ambernath, water level on roads rose up to 1.5 ft. In Kalyan, residents complained that their homes were flooded as rainwater could not 
    drain out properly 
    through choked 
    nullahs. 
TREE FALLING 
    Unable to withstand the onslaught of the downpour, trees fell at 78 spots in Borivli, Dahisar, Mulund and areas between Churchgate and Dadar. 

KHAR ROAD GOES UNDER WATER 
    
Residents of the 3rd Road in Khar were put under virtual house arrest as rainwater fl ooded their ground-floor homes after civic pumps installed in the area stopped working. Though the residents kept calling the BMC disaster management cell, little help apparently came their way; all day long, the residents had to toil hard to save their belongings from being destroyed. "Water from Pali Hill fi rst fl ooded Linking Road, where traffic was thrown out of gear. Soon after, the scene on S V Road became similar and shortly after, Jay Bharat Society turned into a `Khar Lake'," said Surindra Khubchandani, a resident. 
    The disaster management cell could not respond to the residents' distress calls as the unit apparently does not have enough staffers to cater to everyone. According to an official, the cell's helpline kept ringing throughout the day, 

with people from across the city complaining of uprooted trees and waterlogging. "A BMC pump was installed over a week ago in our area," said Khar resident Anandji Joshi. "From 6am, it poured for 45 minutes. But by 9.30am, the pumps ran out of diesel. The civic personnel did not know how the pumps could be fixed. Around 12.30pm, corporator Asif Zakaria visited the area after which he made some calls to the authorities concerned. The pumps fi nally started working around 4pm." —Linah Baliga



VANDANA BUS DEPOT, THANE, 1PM


HINDMATA FLYOVER, PAREL, 2.45PM


A truck skids and overturns on Andheri-Kurla Road on Sunday





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