Flights, trains in turmoil as rains hit Mumbai


Mumbai: It was a wet Wednesday for Mumbaikars as the city witnessed its highest rainfall in September in the last 10 years, as incessant rains continued to lash the city for the second consecutive day.

Mumbai residents feared a repeat of the floods last month that brought the city, home to around 20 million residents, to a grinding halt as several areas went under water and slush.

According to airport officials, as many as 56 flights have been diverted to different airports till this morning as the main runway continues to be out of use due to the SpiceJet aircraft stuck there.

State government has instructed that schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region to remain closed today.

Central and south Mumbai report no waterlogging as rains grip western suburbs.

"We have removed warning (for heavy rainfall), intermittent rainfall likely over city and suburbs for the next 48 hours", he added.

"In lieu of the main runway not being available at Mumbai airport till 1400 hours on Sep 20, 2017 the following flights have been cancelled". A spokesperson for the airport authority said that aircraft recovery kit from Air India has reached the site to pave down the way from underneath so that the stuck plane can be towed out.

The airline said all 183 passengers on the flight from the northern city of Varanasi were safe, but the incident led to widespread disruption in air traffic.

Several domestic airlines chose to waive off airfare penalties for passengers travelling to or from Mumbai for a defined period period after the main runway was closed. As far as train operations are concerned, 5 Western Railways trains were cancelled.

The secondary runway at the airport is operational.

Mumbai Police warned that a high tide was expected at 12.03 pm and 06.04 pm on Wednesday. See here: Heavy rain showers in Mumbai with a layer of smog clouds over the skyline on Wednesday. Trains & Road traffic normal. There were no casualties and all passengers were deboarded by deploying chutes.There was no smoke or fire emanating from the Boeing aircraft, said the officials.

Other areas received none to minor rain overnight.