Mumbai High Tide Floods

Just as residents of Mumbai were waiting for this year’s monsoon rains to fall, parts of the city were unexpectedly flooded from a different source.

The unusually high tide on Thursday 12 June 2014 caused flooding in the streets of Dadar, Worli and Chaupati. In some places flood water was between 1 to 3 feet deep (30cm to 90cm).

Flooded roads after the high tide in Mumbai, 12 June 2014. Photo: JainVishal0752 @ twitter
Flooded roads after the high tide in Mumbai, 12 June 2014. Photo: JainVishal0752 @ twitter
Photo: JainVishal0752 @ twitter
Photo: JainVishal0752 @ twitter

Other areas of the city were also submerged, including roads near the famous Gateway of India.

Locals may well be confused as to how Mumbai can flood before the monsoon has properly arrived. This year’s monsoon was forecast to arrive in Mumbai a few days later than normal (usually 10 June), with rainfall levels to be around 5% lower than average. Some light rainfall was recorded in the Mumbai area on Wednesday 11 June 2014.