Mumbai deluge: 56 fligts diverted; SpiceJet skids off runway

Posted September 21, 2017

This is the second time in two months that Mumbai is hit with heavy rains.1200 hrs: In last 1 hr light rain recorded in Mumbai City & Western Suburbs.

Flight operations at the Mumbai airport were suspended for almost half an hour as visibility dropped well below the required 550 meter-mark following heavy rains and lightning that lashed the metropolis on Tuesday evening. Several Mumbaikars took to social media, applauding the tireless efforts of the cops to ensure smooth traffic movement amid heavy rains.

Heavy rains lashed Mumbai on Tuesday afternoon, and the meteorological department claimed the wet weather will continue for the next 24 hours.

As a precaution, Education Minister Vinod Tawde late on Tuesday announced closure of all schools and colleges in Mumbai metropolitan region. "There will be no Dabba deliveries by Mumbai Dabbawalas due to rains" said Subhash Talekar, Mumbai Dabbawala Association spokesperson.

Overnight, Colaba received a rainfall of 191.1 MM, while Santa Cruz recieved 275.7 MM of rain, BMC Disaster control room informed News Nation.

Lack of runway availability and predictions of heavy showers in the next 24 hours by the IMD has impacted operations of airlines like IndiGo, SpiceJet and Jet Airways. Airport authorities said that their teams were working to get the main runway operational at the earliest.

In Mumbai 56 flights were diverted due to yesterday night's thunder and lightning storms.

On Tuesday night, low visibility, strong winds and slippery conditions caused a SpiceJet flight to overshoot the runway and become stuck in the mud while landing.

A railway official said the water had flooded train tracks and delayed services along the heavily used railways.

Mumbai airport, the second busiest in India, has two crossing runways - 09/27 (the main) and 14/32 (the secondary runway). The traffic in Mumbai has slowed down and the local train are hit too.

The Mumbai Police tweeted that high tide today was expected at 12.03 pm.

Railway services were also affected, with trains running late throughout the day. 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.