Scientists says that the rain havoc witnessed by India’s financial capital Mumbai, over 550 mm during period of 48 hours, the highest in decade, is said to be due to global warming, more than normal disturbances in monsoon.
Scientists point out that owing to global warming, the frequency of rainfall and extreme temperature condition and this trend is on the rise.
According to SK Dash, former head of the Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, IIT Delhi, “Mumbai has been vulnerable because it is located on the coast, but on the whole, the country must be ready to face such extreme phenomena. There should be preparedness in the future because these incidents are only going to get more frequent.”
Mumbai has been battered with incessant rains over the last few days. The city came to a standstill, with waterlogging in numerous places and causing extreme discomfort to the citizens. This year, the southwest monsoon began late in Mumbai, as a result of this, it was a relatively dry month.
However, the amount of rainfall, the city received within the span of two days was what it normally gets in the entire month of June. The weather data suggests that India has become much hotter in recent years, 2018 was the sixth warmest year in India, according to IMD. A UN Body had earlier highlighted that both droughts and floods are expected to increase in the subcontinent.