Mumbai rain: BMC tells people not to believe rumours of a cyclone

Sep 21, 2017, 00:39
Mumbai rain: BMC tells people not to believe rumours of a cyclone

Torrential rains battered Mumbai and its suburbs for the second day today, causing massive disruption in flight operations, delaying suburban train services and forcing a large number of people to stay indoors.

Due to the heavy rains and runway closure at the Mumbai airport, flight operations will continue to be impacted on Wednesday.

All 183 passengers on a Varanasi-Mumbai Spicejet flight had a miraculous escape when the plane landed at 10.05 p.m. but overshot the runway and got stuck in the loose soil at the end of the main runway.

Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde instructed schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region to remain closed today.

Meanwhile Mumbai City Disaster Response Force, National Disaster Response Force, the Fire Brigade and the Navy have been asked to be on standby for the next few days, the English newspaper reported.

The centre recorded 33.1 centimetres of rain in 24 hours that ended at 8.30am on Aug 30, which was heaviest since 94.4 centimetres of rain in 2005.

However, the secondary runway is operational but the schedules are being interrupted due to heavy rainfall, delaying the flights by at least half an hour.

A similar forecast has been issued for south Konkan as well.The IMD (India Meteorological Department) has also predicted that North Madhya Maharashtra would get heavy rainfall at isolated places in the 24 hours beginning September 21.

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Indian Metrological Department, AMD has withdrawn warning for heavy rainfall for Mumbai and nearby areas.

Flight operations at the Mumbai airport remain affected for the second day today.

Several other flights were cancelled and travellers were told to expect delayed departures while the main runway remains closed.

Water flooded train tracks, delaying services along the heavily used lines, a rail official said. According to reports, a high tide of 4.45 metres is expected to occur at around 12 pm.

Currently, the condition of Mumbai is normal as there is no traffic and waterlogging.

Mumbai has been hit by heavy rainfall.

Heavy rains coupled with thunder and lightning affected weather in most parts of Mumbai since last evening.

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