Mumbai: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert in Mumbai as the city is expected to receive very heavy rainfall in the coming week.
The State Emergency Operation Center (SEOC) has asked citizens not to leave their houses unless necessary and follow instructions from the local government administration.
Neighbouring Palghar and Thane districts will also be on orange alert during the same period. In a previous bulletin, the IMD had said that Pune, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Satara will remain on “red” alert on Monday.
An orange alert indicates very heavy rainfall while a red alert indicates extremely heavy rainfall.
Apart from Mumbai, the coastal cities of Navsari and Valsad in Gujarat; In the coming week, there will be an orange alert in Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada in Karnataka and in many districts of Odisha, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh.
Police said on Monday that 22 tourists stranded near a waterfall in Nashik after heavy rains have been rescued, while one person is feared to have been washed away. He said efforts were on to trace the missing person.
On Sunday evening, tourists had gone to see the famous Dugarwadi Falls near the Durga river in Trimbakeshwar taluka of Maharashtra district.
An official of the Trimbakeshwar police station said that the local residents had warned them about the possibility of rising water levels in view of the incessant rains, but the devotees did not heed it and went to the valley to see the waterfall.
Tourists could not return from there as it was dark after the water level in the area increased after heavy rains.