After a moderate rainfall on Thursday, Mumbai was flooded and the local Municipal had to call help from the Navy. It is appreciable that caution is being taken. As it is said that it’s Better to be safe than sorry.
But the question is why the MCD is still not capable of handling situation like these on its own.

During the pre-monsoon thundershowers between 11:30 and 12:30 pm several parts of Mumbai Elphinstone Raod, Parel, Dadar TT Circle and Hindmata were flooded. Even though the rain stopped by noon, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) canceled the leaves of its senior officials for the weekend as a precautionary measure.

Three teams of the National Disaster Response Force are supposed to be stationed at Parel, Mankhurd (eastern suburbs) and Andheri Sports Complex (western suburbs).

According to BMC press release the Navy will be stationed at Colaba, Worli, Ghatkopar, Trombay, Malad for rescuing people stuck in the flood if such situation occurs. They are supposed to be equipped with walkie-talkies and flood rescue material.

Kishore Desai, assistant commissioner of F-South ward said,

“There are five pumps working at Hindmata, and water is likely to recede in half an hour”

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) reported an average of around 20mm rainfall in Mumbai. BMC officials reported 50mm of rainfall in Dadar, 20mm near Dharavi, 15mm in the eastern suburbs, 26mm in Goregaon and 18mm in Malad.

The rainfall affected traffic on the Western Express Highway slowing it down, however, commute through local trains remained unaffected.

The sources also reported On Thursday, the heavy rain in Mumbai has delayed several outstation trains and a Jet Airways flight from London has been diverted to Ahmedabad.

The usual date for the onset of monsoons in Mumbai is June 10, but this year, India Meteorological Department had forecast early rains.

 

the article has been submitted by Manaswini

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