Mumbai faces a severe rain warning, leading to the closure of schools in three districts across Maharashtra

The weather authorities have issued warnings of heavy rainfall in various parts of Maharashtra, particularly in Mumbai and four other districts. On Friday, the capital city of Mumbai is expected to experience heavy rainfall, prompting an ‘orange’ alert. Additionally, a ‘red’ alert has been issued for Thane, Raigad, Pune, and Palghar districts, indicating the likelihood of very heavy rainfall until Saturday.

The continuous heavy downpour in certain areas of the state has raised concerns, leading the India Meteorological Department to provide a detailed rainfall warning for the next five days. As a precautionary measure, school holidays were declared in Palghar and Thane, and six National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams were deployed across various districts to handle any rain-related damages.

The state government has also issued an advisory, urging citizens to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary due to the possibility of heavy rain. Authorities are taking preventive measures to mitigate the impact of the rainfall and avoid potential disasters.

Updates on the situation include the deployment of NDRF teams in areas like Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Kolhapur, and Sangli. In Raigad, which has already experienced a tragic landslide resulting in fatalities, the IMD has issued an ‘orange’ alert until July 25. Rescue operations are ongoing in Raigad’s Irshalwadi village, where many people are feared trapped under debris and loose soil.

As for Mumbai, Thane, and Palghar, the weather situation is expected to improve in the next few days. Other districts, including certain parts of Pune, have also declared school closures in response to the weather conditions.

Rivers in Ratnagiri, Raigad, and Kolhapur are nearing dangerous levels, raising concerns for nearby villages and coastal areas. While no red alert has been issued for Saturday yet, several districts, including Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Pune, and Satara, remain on ‘orange’ alert status.

Authorities and residents are staying vigilant and taking necessary precautions to cope with the challenges posed by the heavy rainfall and potential floods in the region.

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