Mumbai, on Friday, witnessed heavy rainfall bringing metropolis to a halt, marking the onset of monsoon in India’s financial capital.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) today declared the onset of the monsoon over Mumbai, the adjoining Thane-Konkan areas, Ahmednagar, Parbhani and other parts of Maharashtra.
“Heavy to very heavy rainfall was recorded in the suburbs till 8.30 am today,” IMD Deputy Director K S Hosalikar said.
The heavy downpour in the city resulted in waterlogged streets in several low lying areas and traffic remained worst hit as heavy rainfall lashed the city.
Also, trains on the suburban section of the Central Railway (CR) were running late by 10-12 minutes due to the showers, an official said, adding that there were no cancellations.
Fearing crisis situation due to heavy rainfall, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on cancelled the weekly Saturday and Sunday offs for its officers.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Police had also issued advisory warning people to drive safe after a vehicle tripped over in Parel due to slippery roads resulting from the rain. People are asked to decrease speed and increase cautiousness.
Mumbai Police also issued guidelines and precautionary measures to be adopted for the safety of one’s own safety as well as the safety of one’s car.
The IMD has predicted normal rainfall for the country, as well as Maharashtra. Monsoon has already hit Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and North-East.