Mumbai, Dec 5: Rains driven by Cyclone Ochki lashed most parts of coastal Konkan in Maharashtra, including Mumbai and disrupting normal lives on Tuesday.
As a precautionary measure, the state government has declared a holiday for all schools here on Tuesday and in the coastal regions of Palghar, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg.
Continuing to remain dark and heavily overcast, Mumbai and its surrounding districts witnessed continuous rainfall with bouts of heavy showers since Monday evening.
It has slowed down the road traffic during the morning office hours.
However, all incoming and outgoing flights at Mumbai Airport are being operated on schedule and the city’s lifeline, the suburban local trains, continue to ply unhindered, news agency IANS reported.
The meteorological department has forecast rains with thundershowers in and around Mumbai with squalls reaching 50-60 kmph and touching 70 kmph in the coastal areas over the next 24 hours, meanwhile the minimum temperature in Mumbai dropped to 20 degrees Celsius.
Danger signals LC-III have been hoisted over all ports between Goa to Dahanu (north Maharashtra), with rough to very rough conditions at sea.
Starting Monday evening, Mumbai suburbs recorded 1.3 cm of rain, while south Mumbai notched 3.29 cm, flooding some low lying areas and leading to water-logging in other places.
The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation, the state Disaster Management Unit and the railways stated they were fully geared up for the cyclonic encounter expected over the upcoming couple of days.
On Tuesday, the Arabian Sea recorded a high tide of 5.04 metres and on Wednesday it will be 5.05 metres, gradually receding to 4.17 metres by Thursday, said a BMC official, IANS quoted.
The Western Railway (WR) said all concerned departments are examining the water level on the railway tracks, while the Railway Protection Force and Commercial staff will keep an eye on crowd movement, especially in the areas of Palghar.
“Disaster Management Cell is in readiness for any emergencies. Patrolling of the railway tracks has been intensified over various rail sections,…,” CPRO Ravinder Bhakar asserted.
All the BMC disaster units, Mumbai Police, Fire Brigade, the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, Home Guards and other agencies are prepared for any eventuality arising because of the cyclone.
Ochki is anticipated to make landfall near the textile city of Surat in Gujarat later on Tuesday.