Mumbai may receive very heavy monsoon rainfall

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted heavy to very heavy rainfall in Mumbai and surrounding coastal districts from Monday to Wednesday, the weather agency said on Sunday.

As per IMD’s classification, 15.6-64.4 mm stands for moderate rainfall, 64.5-115.5 mm rain as heavy rainfall, 115.6-204.4 mm as very heavy, and a precipitation of over 204.5 mm as extremely heavy for a 24-hour period.

The IMD has issued an orange alert till Wednesday for Mumbai while the neighbouring coastal district of Raigad has been issued a red alert for Monday.

So far this monsoon season that began June 1, the Indian financial capital received average rainfall of 1,897.6 mm and may see its second consecutive wettest monsoon season with 43 more days to go. According to the city’s civic authority, the rainfall so far in the city is 7 percentage points more this season compared to 66 percent last year.

Last year, the city received 3,458.2 mm of rainfall beating the 75-year record in 1954, when the city received 3,451.6 mm rainfall.

Meanwhile, floods triggered by excessive rains during monsoon have wreaked havoc on the two of India’s northeastern states of Bihar and Assam, displacing some 4 million people over the past three weeks.