Heavy rains lashed Mumbai on Friday leading to the diversion of seventeen flights and delayed many for hours, reportedly due to low visibility.
On Saturday morning, as many as 7 flights were cancelled and 11 others were diverted, media reports suggest.
Fresh rains flooded several areas and severely affecting the road, rail and air traffic. Waterlogging and heavy traffic jams were reported across the city.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Mumbai International Airport Limited said that the flights were getting delayed by 30 minutes on average due to heavy rains since two hours.
Other than airport, scores of Mumbaikars were stranded at local stations. Rail services especially central line rail services were hampered by downpours.
As a precautionary measure, due to very heavy rains in Kurla-Thane belt and beyond Kalyan, railways suspended services from Kalyan to Karjat/Khopoli, Chief Public Relation Officer, Central Railway said on Friday.
#WATCH Maharashtra: Mahalaxmi Express held up between Badlapur and Wangani with around 2000 passengers. Railway Protection Force & City police have reached the site where the train is held up. NDRF team to reach the spot soon. pic.twitter.com/0fkTUm6ps9
— ANI (@ANI) July 27, 2019
Local administration remains on toes as more rains are expected in the next few hours.
Mumbai Police alerted locals and requested them not to venture in waterlogged areas and to maintain distance from the sea.
“City is expecting intermittent heavy showers all through the night. We request commuters to not venture in water-logged areas and also request you all to maintain distance from the sea. Please tweet to us or call on 100 in any emergency/need of help,” said Mumbai Police said on Friday.
Mumbai’s civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC also warned locals to avoid venturing around the sea and not opening the manholes.
“As per the weather information by IMD at 5.45 am, heavy rainfall is likely to occur in next couple of hours. Please. Call 1916 or tweet to us for any assistance” BMC said.
Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of increased intensity of rains over North Konkan during next 48 hours.
“Due to the strengthening of monsoon currents and formation of low-pressure area over North West Bay of Bengal, rainfall intensity is very likely to increase over North Konkan during next 48 hours,” IMD had said.
“Heavy to very heavy rainfall in the suburbs in last 24 Hrs at 7 am, stations reporting rainfall 150-180 mm rainfall in suburbs. City side around 50 – 100 mm. Santacruz 192 mm Colaba 73 mm Heavy showers in the early morning hrs are on in Suburbs and to continue. Please TC”, K S Hosalikar, Deputy Director General of Meteorology, IMD, Mumbai said.