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Mumbai Rains: Why Indian cities can't withstand extreme rainfall

This is the worst flooding in Mumbai since 2005

As parts of India’s financial capital went under after more than 200 mm rainfall–the equivalent of 11 days of average daily monsoon rainfall in 12 hours–on August 29, 2017, the deluge mirrored similar scenes in other cities this month, a consequence of increased concretisation and increasingly variable rainfall patterns, according to various studies. As of 12 am on August 30, 2017, Santa Cruz in suburban Mumbai received 324 mm rainfall over the preceding 24 hours, Andheri 315 mm, Worli on the city’s western seaboard had received 308 mm, Borivali 238 mm and ...