Mumbai Rains: Flight operations briefly suspended at Chhatrapati Shivaji airport due to heavy rain

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Mumbai: Rains lashed Mumbai on Monday morning, flight services were once again affected at the busy Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. Water-logging was also reported from several places in the city and some locals trains were running late.

Media quoted a Mumbai airport spokesperson as saying that due to heavy rains, flight movements were affected at the airport on account of fluctuating visibility issues.

Although there were no cancellations, at least three flights were diverted to other airports. No flight cancellations were, however, reported.

Sources said that large parts of the city and suburbs, besides Palghar, Thane and Raigad, were lashed with heavy rain since early Monday morning.

IMD has forecast intermittent rain or showers in Mumbai and suburbs with heavy rainfalls at isolated places.

The Mumbai airport, India’s second busiest one, was forced to carry out flight operations from its second runway for 3-4 days last week as a SpiceJet aircraft skidded off the main runway and got stuck in the grass area due to heavy rainfall.

A spokesperson for the Mumbai airport said, “Due to heavy rains, there are no movements at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai.”

The spokesperson added that visibility had been affected by the rains. They said that while no flights had been cancelled so far, three had been diverted. “Due to heavy rains, visibility is changing every minute. Since 9:15 am, the visibility at the airport is fluctuating. There is a delay due to weather. No cancellation as of now but 3 diversions took place till now,” said the Mumbai airport spokesperson.

According to the Regional Meteorological Centre in Mumbai the city received nearly 90 millimetres of rain over a 24-hour period ending 8.30 am this morning. Forecasts suggest the city will receive intermittent to heavy rain over the next 48 hours.

The plane, a Boeing 737-800, remained stuck at the edge of the runway and caused over 250 flights to either be cancelled or diverted. It was finally pulled clear on July 4.

Record monsoon rain has brought large parts of Maharashtra and Mumbai to a standstill.

On July 2 more than 20 people were killed after the rains led to the collapse of a wall in Mumbai’s Malad East. Three others were killed in a wall collapse incident in Kalyan in Thane district.

19 people were killed after rain led to a breach in the Tiware Dam in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district at around 9.30 pm on July 2.

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