The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a heavy rain warning for Mumbai for June 13 and 14. Following IMD’s heavy rain advisory, the Disaster Management Department of BMC has appealed to the citizens to avoid going to the beaches and coastal areas on June 13 and 14.
The south-west monsoon had arrived in the city on Wednesday, June 9, as heavy rains caused flooding on roads and rail tracks, disrupting suburban train services. The first rains of this year’s monsoon season in Mumbai had also caused water-logging in various parts of the city on that day.
Mumbaikars on Friday got some respite, after two days of continuous showers, as rains took a break in the city and its suburbs, civic officials said.
Meanwhile, acting on IMD’s June 13-14 heavy rain advisory, BMC has taken the following steps:
1. All the Divisional Control Rooms have been asked to be on high alert and have sufficient manpower for any emergency.
2. It has been ensured that six dredging centres of the rainwater department and water dredging kits installed at various places are working. Diesel required for this is also provided by the local dredging centre operators.
3. Flood and rescue squads of BMC Fire Brigade have been deployed at six regional centres with the required manpower and equipment.
4. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is on standby to provide immediate assistance in the event of an emergency.
5. Officers of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and Navy team of the Colaba Observatory have been notified and are also ready to assist as needed.
6. BEST (Transport and Electricity) and Adani Energy have been placed on high alert at all substations and their support teams are well-equipped and vigilant in case of power outage.
7. Adequate manpower is available at the main emergency control room and backup control room.
8. Officials from Police, Fire Brigade, Traffic Police, BEST, Education Department, Health Department, Transport Commissioner will be present in the main control room of the Municipal Corporation for co-ordination in case of any emergency.
9. The Assistant Commissioner, L Division has been directed to make arrangements for temporary evacuation of citizens from Krantinagar and other areas in case there is a rise in level of Mithi river and a team of NDRF has been deployed there for immediate relief.
11. Municipal schools, have been designated as temporary shelters for 24 divisions of the city and are equipped for immediate help.