Mumbai rains: IMD issues red alert, offices to remain shut

Many areas in Mumbai flooded after extremely heavy rain. (File photo)

New Delhi (NVI): Several areas in Mumbai received continuous rainfall throughout the night and this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert for the city.

The Met department said that, Mumbai and its suburbs will receive heavy rainfall during the next 48 hours with a high tide expected at 12:47 pm.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), has also stated that except for essential services, all other offices in the city will be closed today.

“Owing to the heavy rainfall since last night and forecasts of extremely heavy rain by IndiaMetDept, all offices and establishments in Mumbai, except emergency services, will remain closed,” BMC tweeted.

It added, “With a 4.45 metre high tide at 12:47pm, Mumbaikars are requested to not venture out unless extremely necessary & stay away from the shore & waterlogged areas.”

The Met department, however, issued red alert for Mumbai and its suburbs is in place for the next two days. Rains lashed the metropolis yesterday as the monsoon system active over the Arabian Sea strengthened.

Mumbai, Thane and Raigad districts have been put on on alert on August 4 and 5 and Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra is expected to receive extremely heavy rain today, while Paldhar district is on heavy rain alert for August 5.

Meanwhile, BEST buses had been diverted while low lying suburbs were waterlogged today morning.