Mumbai weather updates: ‘Yellow warning’ declared for city the day after dust storm and rain

On May 14, the meteorological bureau shared Mumbai weather updates and issued a “yellow alert” for the city, one day after a dust storm and rain.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) states that there is a “heat wave in isolated pockets.” It was quite possible that there will be light to moderate rain and a thunderstorm in the afternoon or evening.

An analogous warning was also sent out for the neighboring regions of Mumbai, such as Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri, etc.

A ‘orange warning’ has also been issued by the meteorological bureau for some areas of Maharashtra, including Nashik, Pune, and Ahmednagar.

On Monday, sections of Mumbai and the surrounding metropolitan regions were battered by a dust storm that was followed by rain, strong winds, and gusts.

Additionally, the IMD Mumbai had issued a “nowcast warning” on May 13 for Thane, Palghar, and Mumbai, predicting a thunderstorm with lightning and periods of moderate to severe rain.

“Thunderstorm accompanied with lightning and light to moderate spells of rain with gusty winds reaching 40-50 kmph is very likely to occur at isolated places in Mumbai in the next 3-4 hours,” stated an IMD official.

The dust storm and unusual rainfall that Mumbai experienced caused significant interruptions to the metropolis.

Due to heavy winds, a banner fell on the overhead wire, causing the Mumbai Metro services between Aarey and Andheri East metro stations to be halted.

Strong winds caused an overhead equipment pole between the Thane and Mulund stations to bend, affecting suburban services on the Central Railway, an official said on Monday.

The chief spokesman for Central Railway had previously announced the suspension of the suburban services on the Main Line.

Tragedies in the city also included the collapse of buildings in the Wadala and Ghatkopar neighborhoods.

Two persons were hurt in Wadala when a metal parking structure that was still under construction fell into a road.

In the meanwhile, rescue and search efforts continued a day after the catastrophe, with the official toll from the Ghatkopar hoarding collapse event in Mumbai rising to 14 dead and 75 wounded.

According to authorities, on Monday a massive advertisement hoarding in Ghatkopar crashed on a fuel station, trapping numerous persons under the rubble.

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