Mumbai has already been experiencing its wettest monsoon this year! But, things are about to get a whole lot wetter with the Indian Meteorological Department issuing yellow and red alerts to ‘isolated places’ in and around the region. By Amitha Ameen
Mumbai has been facing its wettest September ever with rains upto 921mm. While a yellow alert has already been issued, a red alert has been issued for Thursday and Friday in Mumbai and Thane.
Monsoon in India usually runs from April to December bringing along with it severe storms, clogging drains, disrupting power supplies and bringing down walls and electricity poles. Multiple videos of cars wading through flooded roads and people walking in knee-deep water have been making the rounds on social media.
Commuting is also a big problem during the monsoon months, with most places facing hour-long traffic jams, roads filled with potholes and a chaotic system in place.
Apart from disrupting city life, the heavy rains have resulted in huge losses for the fishermen of these regions. The weather department has issued a warning to fishermen against venturing out in the sea for the next few days, resulting in loss of income for those days.
But it isn’t just Mumbai that is facing the brunt of the unusual severity of monsoons. Other parts of North India including Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh and Patna in Bihar have also been reeling under these extreme weather conditions. Low lying houses and shops remained partially submerged due to rising water levels of rivers Yamuna and Ganga. Normal life was thrown out of gear with people choosing to remain indoors and many establishments remaining shut during the day.