The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red weather alert for Mumbai and its surroundings for Thursday, September 19. The IMD forecast more than 204 mm (8 in) of rain in 24 hours, starting on Thursday morning (local time). Extremely heavy rainfall is expected to continue in the Raigad area on Friday, September 20.
Further disruptions, including commercial and transportation disruptions, are likely in the coming days.
Heavy rain and flooding are relatively common during the summer monsoon, which usually hits India from July to September. Between Sunday, September 1 and Wednesday, September 18, a record-breaking 984.3 mm (38.7 in) of rain fell in Mumbai.
Individuals present in the affected areas are advised to keep abreast of the situation, confirm flight reservations, avoid areas directly hit by flooding, and adhere to any orders issued by the local authorities or their home governments.
Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded. Be aware that the risk of contracting water- and mosquito-borne diseases tends to rise after periods of heavy rainfall.
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