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High Tide-Heavy Rain Combo Spells Trouble For Mumbai Shores

As heavy rains lash the city, authorities have warned Mumbaikars to exercise caution as they venture out towards the sea to soak in the showers.

Vinaya Deshpande | News18.com

Updated:June 25, 2017, 10:18 PM IST
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High Tide-Heavy Rain Combo Spells Trouble For Mumbai Shores
The Met department in Mumbai has issued a warning of more heavy rainfall in northern coastal Maharashtra, which includes Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Dahanu and Thane, in the coming days. (Image: N Satish Kumar/ Network18)
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Mumbai: As heavy rains lash the city, authorities have warned Mumbaikars to exercise caution as they venture out towards the sea to soak in the showers.

On Sunday, a high tide of 4.9 metres was recorded, above the safe limit of 4.5 metres. The high tides will continue till Thursday, according to officials of the India Meteorological Department. Sunday’s tide will be the highest of the season.

The combination of incessant rains and a high tide led to water logging in low lying areas of the city as sea water forced its way in. Apart from water logging, filth defaced shores in areas like Marin Drive, Mahim and Dadar.

But the worst hit by the rains were Mumbai’s satellite towns and other coastal regions as the monsoon progresses towards the north at a fast pace.

The Central Railway service had to be suspended after water logged on the tracks at Kalwa in Thane. Air traffic, however, was normal. Reports of delay could not be confirmed.

Air traffic control authorities dispelled rumours that flights had to be diverted to Ahmedabad due to heavy rainfall. “There are no diversions. The air traffic from and to Mumbai is normal,” an official told News18.

The Met department in Mumbai has issued a warning of more heavy rainfall in northern coastal Maharashtra, which includes Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Dahanu and Thane, in the coming days.

Officials said adjoining areas of Mumbai have recorded much more significant rains as compared to Mumbai in the last 24 hours.

According to statistics for 24 hours of June 24-25 (8.30.am-8.30.am), rainfall was the highest in parts of Bhiwandi, which recorded 205 mm of rainfall, followed by Thane at 204mm, 190mm in Shahapur, 173mm in Ulhasnagar, 163.3mm in Ambernath, 153 mm in Murbad and 151 mm in Kalyan.

In Palghar 173 mm of rain have been recorded while in places like Wada rainfall of 368 mm has been recorded, Jawhar 197 mm and Mokhada 185mm.
| Edited by: Aakarshuk Sarna
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