Downpour in Mumbai


The proverbial heavy monsoon rains lashed the Metropolis Mumbai on Saturday June 9. It was around 100 centimeter rainfall there. As usual every year this year also it brought back all the problems of flooding, water-logging, trains and other air and road traffic coming to grinding halt for hours. The Mumbai Municipal Corporation also as usual assured the people of Mumbai before the outbreak of rains that this year it had made adequate preparations to meet the challenge of downpour and rain waters will flow out rapidly. But nothing of that sort came to save and rescue the people from the deluge. The Corporation said that it had installed high horsepower pumping sets at the places known for water logging of long duration, but at all failed in action and Mumbai remain submersed for long hours. The Mumbai is a city of commuters and local trains like every year on Saturday also they faced the worst wrath of monsoon and remained stranded. It also appears that Mumbaites are habitual and immune to it. They take it in stride. Boats and inflated boats were pressed in the service. A girl on scooty was washed away in gushing water on road and killed. All the civic arrangements were also washed away without providing any relief. But ultimately people as a whole and State Government and Mumbai Corporation equally to be blamed. It is haphazard construction of permanent structures and blockage of water outlets. The Authorities should keep the watch and vigil throughout the year to ensure also that there is no blockage of water systems. The Central and North India were lashed with pre-monsoon rains and stormy dusty winds. It was darkness at noon in Delhi. Thunder storms hit the states of Uttarakhand,Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and the Madhya Pradesh. There were pre-moon heavy showers for few hours all over the Madhya Pradesh. On an average the rain fall in the state were around 13 to 14 centimeters. It rained about 4 hours in the state. The Weather office said that due to low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal to monsoon rain in the Eastern Madhya Pradesh – Shahdol, Anuppur, Dindori, Balaghat rains are expected soon. But the another system has not get developed in the Indian Ocean and it delay the movement of monsoon. The most damaging problem in the Madhya Pradesh is procurement of pulses are still doing on and at purchasing centres stocks must be removed within hours from these places.