The anti-dengue campaign was also supported by celebrities, including singer Shankar Mahadevan, who encouraged people to follow preventive measures against the disease.
The direction comes a day after several parts of city, especially south Bengaluru region had faced the brunt of heavy rains as storm water drains overflowed, roads turned into rivulets and many houses were inundated.
The island city received 106.01 mm rain in the 24-hour period ending at 8 am on Thursday, followed by 69.18 mm rain in eastern suburbs and 58.36 mm in western suburbs during the same period, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said.
Healthy monsoon indicates a strong harvest this kharif season. Good soil moisture and water reservoir levels indicate a strong Rabi produce. That's positive for agri focussed companies
Overall, the country has received 9 percent more rainfall than normal until September 26, according to data.
Aaditya Thackeray visited the headquarters of the BMC, controlled by his party Shiv Sena, to take stock of the situation after overnight torrential rains flooded parts of Mumbai and disrupted rail and road traffic on Wednesday in what has become an annual occurrence during the monsoon.
The northwest meteorological division of IMD comprises Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana and the Union territories of Chandigarh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Almost all states have recorded a large deficiency from September 1-23.
Yellow alert was issued with a forecast of heavy rain at isolated areas or thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and gusty winds for September 21
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert in Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod districts on Sunday.
Spurred by monsoon rains, which deliver about 70 percent of India's annual rainfall, farmers have planted a record acreage with summer crops such as rice, corn, cotton, soybeans and sugarcane.
The IMD defines average, or normal, rainfall as between 96 percent and 104 percent of a 50-year average of 88 cm for the entire four-month season beginning in June.
The overall rainfall recorded in India from June 1 to August 31 was 10 percent more than normal, the IMD said on Monday.
At least 269 people have died in mostly mountainous Nepal this year in landslides and floods, while another 76 people are missing. The monsoon season that began around June in South Asia ends in September.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) data shows that in August 1976, the country had recorded a 28.4-percent excess rainfall.
IMD said a low pressure area (cyclonic circulation) over north Bay of Bengal and its neighbourhood is very likely to move west-northwestwards during the next four-five days.
Of the 36 meteorological subdivisions in India, monsoon rains have been either average or above average in 32 so far this year, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, director general of the IMD said.
The state received 826.7 mm rainfall from June 1 to August 17, as against the normal average of 713.7 mm for the same period.
The forecast also predicted heavy rainfall at isolated places in Mumbai, Raigad, and Palghar from Monday onwards, he said, adding that the intensity of rains would reduce from Tuesday.
Isolated places in Mumbai are likely to receive heavy rains, while neighbouring districts of Thane, Raigad and Ratnagiri will witness more intense showers for the next 24 hours, the official said.
Under the influence of Saturdays cyclonic circulation, a low-pressure area has formed on Sunday over northwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal off Odisha- north Andhra Pradesh coast, the Meteorological Centre said.
Heavy rains and gale had lashed Mumbai and neighbouring districts on Wednesday. The intensity of rain reduced gradually in the last two days.
Thackeray took stock of the situation and asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to coordinate with the police and railway authorities, health machinery and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to ensure that citizens do not face any hardships.
Several parts of Saurashtra region, especially Gir Somnath, Junagadh, Amreli and Rajkot districts, received heavy rainfall on Tuesday.
The districts of East and West Midnapore, South and North 24 Parganas, Nadia, Howrah and Hooghly could experience heavy rain with isolated very heavy rainfall in some areas on Tuesday and Wednesday, it said.
In its Long Range Forecast for the rainfall during second half (August-September) of the 2020 Southwest Monsoon, the IMD said August is likely to receive rainfall that is 97 percent of the Long Period Average.