The Mumbai Monsoon Challenge

The rains in Mumbai year after year because of the monsoons bring with it thousands of problems. Mostly because the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is not at all ready and have not done anything to make sure problems don’t arise during the monsoons.


The major issue is the drainage system, which leads to water piling up when the rains become severe. There are also pothole problems which lead to accidents, and deaths. Bridges tend to collapse due to cracks already in the structure.

In this year’s rain itself,bridges have collapsed, roads have damaged and 35 deaths already occurred.

Anshu Sharma of SEEDS which is a nonprofit organization working in disaster reduction and recovery in Asia said, “Mumbai is a classic example of humans challenging nature by building where he shouldn’t.  While technology and management systems that could have helped do this better do exist, they haven’t been used adequately.  The city will continue to flood the way it has been flooding, and unfortunately, it will only get worse in the years to come unless very substantial investments are made in infrastructure and human capacity to be prepared.”

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Now what makes Mumbai really messed up is the crisis of if there is rains there is plenty of water and when there is none it leads to less drinking water!

Dr Kapil Gupta, a professor at IIT Mumbai and an expert on floods explains the geographical and manmade curse of Mumbai’s flooding.  “Mumbai was made up of seven islands, which became one large landmass due to the reclamation of land. As a result, when it rains, the water level rises and causes flooding. This has been the case for several years, and constant urbanization has just added to the problem. The indiscriminate disposal of solid waste into urban water drains and channels is a major impediment to water flow during the monsoon season,”Gupta said.

As much as people are blaming the civic bodies, it is also upto the locals in Mumbai to take.