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Rain Red Alert In Mumbai: "Don't Go Into Waterlogged Areas"

Rain Red Alert In Mumbai:

Mumbai rain update: Heavy rain is expected in the city and an 'Orange'alert has been sounded.

Mumbai:

Heavy rain since morning has led to waterlogging in many parts of Mumbai which has been warned of more showers through the day. The city's civic body has asked residents to "follow all necessary precautions and stay away from the shore". The Met department has upgraded its alert from 'Orange' to 'Red' for the city, warning of "heavy to very heavy" rainfall today. 

A 'Red' alert indicates "immediate action." to be taken by the authorities

 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has also forecast heavy rain for Thane, Palghar and other coastal districts of the Maharashtra.

The latest satellite pictures show "possibilities of isolated extremely heavy rainfall (more than 200 mm) over Konkan, including Mumbai, Thane today...," KS Hosalikar, Deputy Director General of Meteorology, India Met Department, Mumbai tweeted. 

Traffic movement is normal in Mumbai but some buses are being diverted due to waterlogging in the low-lying areas. 

The Santacruz weather bureau in Mumbai recorded 86 mm rainfall from 8.30 am to 8.30 pm on Tuesday and the Colaba station reported 50 mm rainfall during the same period.

According to the IMD, rainfall between 64 mm to 115 mm is considered "heavy" while precipitation between 115 mm and 204 mm is termed as "very heavy".

On Tuesday, the weather office said, heavy rainfall is also expected in Kolhapur, Satara, Aurangabad and Jalna districts.

Mumbai and the Maharashtra coast are getting heavy rainfall due to a cyclonic circulation over the northeast Arabian Sea, private weather forecaster, Skymet said.

The city is already close to the amount of monsoon rainfall it normally receives in July with half of the month yet to go.