THANE: The district has witnessed nearly five times more rainfall in the first 12 days of June this year compared to last year bringing cheer to lakhs of residents here harried by the intense heat spell over the last few months.
While a chunk of this abundance, attributed to the cyclone Nisarg, could bring cheer for the water supply managers as well, it is likely to raise concerns among the civic administrations that is badly caught between Covid mitigation and completing pre-monsoon works.
Officials inform the average rainfall showered till June 12 in various talukas showed that 159.6 mm rain showered in the district compared to 29 mm that was recorded till the same date last year. The average rainfall for Thane district in June is 455.47mm that is covering up nearly 35% of the average rainfall for the month.
Individual taluka level study shows that Shahpur that is also called the reservoir taluka of Mumbai as it contains the major dams supplying water to Mumbai and Thane witnessed the highest volume of rains at 203mm compared to 3mm that showered last year. Murbad witnessed the least volume of rains in the same period registering barely 109mm while Thane and Kalyan talukas saw 148mm and 168mm rains in the same period.
“The heavy showers are a welcome change from the intense heat witnessed over the last few months. However, the heavy rains, if continued, will strain the municipal administrations in the district that is fighting off the covid menace. There are several stretches of drains in the district that are yet to be cleaned,” informed a citizen activist from Thane.

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