Maharashtra weather forecast says the heavy rain is likely to continue for the next 24 hours and decrease thereafter over Konkan and adjoining ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra during next 2 days. Due to UAC (Upper Air Cyclonic Circulation) in Arabian Sea and Bay Low, Mumbai, Thane and Palghar are likely to receive heavy rainfall till Monday morning.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert in 7 districts of Maharashtra. Extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places can be expected in Thane and Palghar. According to weather experts, due to UAC (Upper Air Cyclonic Circulation) in the Arabian Sea and Bay Low, Mumbai, Thane and Palghar will are likely to receive heavy rainfall till Monday morning.
Five persons drowned in three separate incidents at Navi Mumbai, Palghar and Thane as since Friday. While five bodies have been recovered, another person feared dead in Navi Mumbai is yet to be traced.
More than 2,800 police personnel were deployed to ease the situation for commuters. Part of River Bridge in Palghar washed away. A major portion of a bridge connecting Wada and Malwada on Pinjal River in Palghar was washed away on Sunday afternoon due to heavy rains, an official said.
Palghar police spokesperson Hemant Katkar said there were no reports of casualties in the incident but traffic on the vital connector had come to a standstill.
At least 400 people from a residential area near the Mithi river in Mumbai were shifted on Sunday after its water level crossed the danger mark following heavy rains in the city, an official said.
Three rescue teams of Navy in Thane district are in touch with the state administration and proceeding as required for assistance. Two columns of Army consisting of 120 personnel are also on the way to Thane district and in touch with state administration for the rescue efforts.