In spite of several cases filed against the contractors, nothing has changed for Mumbai. The city has experienced its first continuous wet spell with heavy showers in a few locations on Sunday. Areas like King Circle, Chembur, Dadar, and Parel reported frequent rain activity. There was low visibility in many areas. IMD has issued an orange alert for June 20-21, indicating more rain.
IMD Colaba observatory recorded 9.5mm of rain while the IMD Santacruz observatory recorded 16.2mm of rain. While on Sunday, from 8.30am to 8.30 pm the IMD Colaba observatory recorded 48.4 mm of rain, the Santa Cruz observatory recorded scanty rainfall at 2.4 mm. The total rain recorded this season by the Colaba and Santacruz observatories has been 152mm and 115.3mm.
In its five-day forecast, the weather bureau has indicated that rain activity will continue till Thursday, June 23.
Many weather enthusiasts were upset over the IMD Sband Doppler Radar not functioning and claimed that the frequency of it being down, especially during heavy rain events, was only increasing. Some of them even took to social media raising questions on how it
will affect disaster management. Observations from the Doppler radar at Mumbai Colaba have been suspended, whereas those from the radar at Veravali have a massive lag of around one hour.
The Sband Doppler weather radar is situated atop a building in Colaba’s Navy Nagar area. S-band radar can track weather up to a 500km radius. The Doppler radar made an entry into the weather bureau after July 26, 2005, when the city received 944mm of rainfall that led to a deluge. The second radar at Veravali is meant to facilitate improvement in weather forecasting over the Mumbai region.