7 Remaining Dangerous Days this Monsoon 2009

photos of people walking in the monsoon rains on Colaba Causeway by Arun Shanbhag
Mother walking her daughter home in the monsoons on Colaba Causeway

As I prepare for travel to Mumbai, I cast an eye on monsoon forecasts, particularly when they coincide with high-tides.

Excerpt from notice from the US Consulate in Mumbai.

During the monsoon, most flooding occurs during high tide. Mumbai’s drainage system is designed to run off into the Arabian Sea. If a major storm occurs during high tide, the rainfall backs up and flooding occurs. Particular concern should be paid during the days listed in the table below. … if there is heavy rain (during these dates), the possibility of the city flooding is very high. Sluice gates, which funnel flood waters from the city to the sea, are also closed on these days, increasing the possibility of flooding …

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13 Dangerous Days of Monsoon

Following a newspaper tip:
The US Embassy has identified 13 days most likely to lead to flooding in Mumbai, during the monsoons.

This info is important for all Mumbaikars (not just US citizens), and the City Government should have been disseminating this info in the first place, rather than planning and sniping about a statue in the sea!

Excerpted from an email sent to registered US citizens. See the entire note from the Consulate here
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Colaba Causeway in the Rains


In September when I visited Mumbai, the monsoon season was supposedly over. But occasionally I would be caught in a downpour. Once as the rains started, I was strolling along Colaba Causeway, I took refuge in the Titan Watch Store and got the batteries of my watch replaced. As the rains continued, I stood on the stairs and captured a few glimpses of folks making do with the rains. Enjoy!


Posh shoe store awaits customers, as this lady in a saree waits for the bus.

For street kids who have probably never seen a real toy (!) catching streams in poly bags kept them entertained. For those with cash to spare, bling shopping!

If you promised to spend eternity with her, what are a few drops of water? One of my favorites! Notice how confident (and relaxed) his stride is – knowing she walks beside him!

As the rains slowed to a drizzle, I dashed to the Museum bus-stop. These friends shared an umbrella as they waited for the bus too!

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