Local trains, air services disrupted, schools and colleges to remain shut today

Laura Christensen
September 21, 2017

Monsoon rain that lashed Mumbai since Tuesday evening delayed services on the heavily-used suburban train network in a city that is home to India's two biggest stock exchanges and the headquarters of several major companies.

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport has become partially operational after a few runways have become non-operational due to incessant downpour.

Mumbai rains live: Traffic in the city has slowed down and the local train are hit too.

A SpiceJet Boeing 737 aircraft skidded off the wet runway at Mumbai's airport late on Tuesday, forcing the second-busiest airport in the country to stop using its main runway.

Schools and colleges in Mumbai metropolitan region were ordered closed in view of heavy rains.

Mumbai recorded its second highest September rain in a span of 12 hours yesterday, BMC officials said.

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

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Most airlines, including market leader IndiGo, Jet Airways India, SpiceJet and Vistara, part-owned by Singapore Airlines, said flights to Mumbai will be affected on Wednesday. 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.

On Tuesday morning, Mumbai woke up to an overcast condition and in the afternoon, heavy downpour accompanied by thunder and lightning started. The flight that was having 183 people onboard, skidded while landing at the airport and got stuck in the mud. The Mumbai airport's main runway has been closed until 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

The main runway is expected to return to normalcy late Wednesday.

Five Western Railways trains cancelled; six trains cancelled and two diverted on Central Railways.

"Several parts of the metropolis, including South Mumbai, Borivali, Kandivali, Andheri and Bhandup, received heavy rainfall".

The dabbawallas pride themselves on the "deliver on time" motto, irrespective of Mumbai's heat or heavy rains.

An IMD official said the Santacruz observatory recorded 225.3 mm rain from 8.30 am to 11.30 pm last night.

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