The most awaited ‘Heavy Monsoon’ of Mumbai finally arrived on Friday, 28 June 2019, paralysing the financial hub of India. Heavy rains flooded the streets and disrupted land, air and road traffic in Mumbai. Dozens of flights and local train services were affected as rain drenched the coastal city of nearly 20 million people.
According to the Skymet, a private weather forecasting agency, so far Mumbai has received 404 mm of rains against the average of 493 mm. “The off shore trough along the west coast and the cyclonic circulation over east Arabian Sea have kept the monsoon active to vigorous over Mumbai and nearby coastal areas of Konkan region”, the Skymet stated. The maximum and minimum temperature hovered around 24 degree celsius and 31 degree celsius respectively. Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that heavy rain will continue to shower coastal areas of Mumbai till June 29 and it is expected to pick up pace in Delhi – NCR by July 3.
Due to the negligence of local authorities, the rainfall which should be a blessing for people has become a curse. Water-logging, traffic jams, choked drains and delayed local trains have made the lives of Mumbaikars difficult. With the first splash of rain, a wall in Chembur collapsed, but no casualties were reported. According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), three people have died of electric shock and two others were injured. In Dadar (East), three persons were injured when a portion of wall collapsed, after which they were admitted in the city civic hospital, KEM hospital.
Waterlogging was reported from popular areas like Dadar, Wadala, Worli, Kurla, Chembur, Bandra, Andheri, Kandivali, Vikhroli, Kanjurmarg and Bhandup. Responding to the complaints of waterlogging at various locations, BMC said that pumping out water will take time because of high tide in Arabian Sea. The civic body also appealed to it’s citizens to avoid waterlogged roads.
As the road submerged into rainwater, Mumbai Traffic Police imposed diversion in Sion, Dadar, Kurla, Sewri, Chembur, Khar, Bandra, Andheri, Kanjurmarg, Bhandup, Wadala & Kings Circle. Traffic Jams from various parts of the city was also reported. Angry and annoyed Mumbaikars took to social media platforms to express their anger and sufferings.
“The entire city is dug up. Blame your bad maintenance and infrastructure management…Don’t blame the rains….It’s just one day…The common man has to suffer,” a woman tweeted.
“Water-logged roads, choked drains, traffic snarls, delayed trains. This is another year, another monsoon but same flooded roads, same traffic woes and same hardships. Our city is unable to withstand even a mild bout of rainfall,” Deepak Malhar, a resident from Bhandup tweeted.
Nonetheless, the BMC seemed to have improved the quick response system which enabled the authorities to quickly respond to the woes of the people. However, the hard work by the civic officials are yet to be seen as the whole monsoon awaits to show it’s action in July and August. The arrangements made by the civic body proved to be insufficient and inefficient during the first rainfall of the season.