With Mumbai and its neighbouring districts receiving incessant showers over the last week, the water level in the region’s lakes crossed the 70 per cent mark on Saturday. The city is expected to receive moderate showers on Saturday with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issuing no alert for the day.
Data procured from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) shows that on Saturday morning, the stock in the seven lakes that supply water to Mumbai stood at 71.84 per cent of their total capacity. On the same day last year, water levels in these lakes touched 88.19 per cent whereas in 2021, it was at 72 per cent.
Following the torrential downpour, four of the seven lakes have reached full capacity. On Thursday night, the Modak Sagar lake overflowed after reaching full capacity. Earlier, Tulsi Vehar and Tansa lakes had overflowed.
Until Friday morning, heavy rain battered Mumbai city and its suburbs with the recorded rainfall surpassing 100 mm for the fourth time in the last one week. However, the intensity of the downpour started reducing from Friday afternoon.
Data furnished by the weather bureau showed that between Friday and Saturday morning, the Santacruz observatory recorded 36 mm of rain, while the Colaba observatory received 8 mm. Meanwhile, the civic body’s recording apparatus showed that in the past 24 hours, the eastern suburbs received 51 mm of rain followed by 42 mm of downpour in the western suburbs. Meanwhile, the island city division recorded 21 mm of rain during the same period.
Meteorologists and weather experts have attributed the weakening intensity of rainfall to the low-pressure area moving further north.