“First major monsoon sign after June 18”
As monsoon was starting to revive after remaining dull since June 18, it brought Indian city of Mumbai to a complete standstill while many cities of Bangladesh experienced unusual torrential rains that have so far killed some 110 people in the southern parts of the country.
Every year the annual monsoon season bring death and destruction to the Indian Sub-continent either in the face of floods or cyclones. Mostly poor living conditions and overpopulation is blamed for high number of deaths in the region.
Monsoon slaps Mumbaikers!
After playing hide and seek for nearly two weeks, the heavens made its presence felt in the city on the morning of June 28. This year the rainy season started late in the city but all that changed as Mumbaikers were amazed to see the season’s first proper rain that brought the city to a halt. The heavy showers disrupted the rail and road traffic. Overnight rain was recorded to be 75 mm that occurred with gusty winds till 9:00 am IST. While till 5:30 pm IST, about 40 mm rain again occurred in Mumbai.
Assam soaked badly
Worst floods since 1998 has so far killed 27 people in the Indian state of Assam, same thunderstorm activity that brought floods to neighbouring Bangladesh. The floods have affected about 1 million people in the state.
“It was the worst rain!”
The unusual torrential monsoon rains that started from June 25 have created chaos in the small Muslim republic of Bangladesh. The hardest hit was the second largest city of Chittagong where about 400 mm rainfall occurred in just 12 hours. About 110 people have died while more than 250,000 people have been affected by the recent flooding rains in the former East Pakistani state.
Situation to get worse
More rain at times heavy is likely during the next two to three days with strong winds in many districts of southern Bangladesh. However during the last 6 to 12 hours, no significant rain has occurred in any of the affected districts;
- Jessore got 38.6 mm.
- Rangpur got 28 mm.
- Feni got 23 mm.
- Chittagong got 0 mm.
Active weather ahead
The south-west monsoon season was delayed in the country this year, but locals in Bangladesh are terming the recent flooding rains as the worst in years. This activity would ease during the coming early week but it could again take shape with the formation of the cyclonic circulation and monsoon flow in the Bay of Bengal.