Flights are hit, trains are running late or are cancelled and schools and colleges across Mumbai are shut following heavy rains and severe flooding. Rains in Mumbai has once again threw the whole city into a state of disarray.
Water logging in many areas led to schools and colleges being shut, train services were distupted and as many as 56 flights were diverted. A Spice Jet flight from Varanasi skidded on the main runway after landing and went off the runway onto the mud where it got. Because of this, Mumbai airport’s main runway was shut for several hours. Multiple flights which had boarded passengers were stuck on the runway for many hours before the runway was cleared for takeoff.
5 Western Railway trains have been cancelled and most trains are running late with heavy flooding reported on the Vasai Virar link. The Med Dept has predicted more rains over the next 48 hours while high tides will add to the mayhem.
Low visibility and strong winds continue and Tuesday night saw a Spice Jet Varanasi-Mumbai Flight SG703 overshoot the landing strip to skid into the grass. The airline had 183 passengers on board and all were reported to be safe. Emergency evacuations were conducted and the airplane is still stuck in the runway with efforts being made to tow it into the bay.
The heavy rains have also caused the legendary dabbawallas of Mumbai to cancel deliveries of over 2 lakh tiffins to office goers in the city. There are over 5,000 such dabbawallas who deliver tiffins on a daily basis but they will not be able to carry out these operations due to the erratic train schedule.
Mumbai city has recorded 210mm of rain so far with the suburbs receiving 303mm of rainfall. There is also a high tide warning later this afternoon at 4.45meters which could add to the flooding and delays.