Intermittent rains expected today, high tide alert at around 12 noon

Violet Powell
September 21, 2017

"In lieu of the main runway not being available at Mumbai airport till 1830 hours on Sep 20, 2017, the following flights have been cancelled". The flights are taking off and landing from the secondary runway as the main runway has been closed for operations. It is expected to open at 6 a.m. on Thursday.

But Air India passengers stuck in Nagpur faced a harrowing time as the airline could not arrange for sufficient hotel rooms that were booked mostly by private airlines, said an official.

At least 13 Mumbai-Delhi flights delayed and 15 cancelled today.

Images on social media show that the aircraft had came to a stop in soft ground, with its landing gears extended.

Fewer people were seen travelling by trains and public transport today as they preferred to remain indoors following the forecast about the downpour.

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Besides, there was one diversion and six go arounds, even as heavy rain continued to batter the city since the past 36 hours. The officials said that the bouts of rains were because of an active weather system along the Arabian Sea.

The department said they had removed the heavy rainfall warning, but that the city and its suburbs were likely to get intermittent rainfall for the next 48 hours. It said there would be heavy rainfall at a couple of places in the city. On 29 August, 303 mm rainfall was recorded at Santacruz.

Mumbai's suburban railway system, which caters to about 70 lakh passengers every day, was severely hit by the torrential downpour, with many trains running late.

Locals and tourists have also been warned against venturing out into the sea until 21 September. Another more than 100 flights, including worldwide ones, were cancelled. "Our field staff and supervisors have been deployed to keep a tab on the water level", Udasi said. As far as train operations are concerned, 5 Western Railways trains were cancelled.

Several low lying areas in central Mumbai like Parel, Dadar and some areas of the suburbs like Chembur, Kurla, Andheri, Malad, Borivali, Dahisar experienced waterlogging, slowing down the home-bound traffic, but there was no dislocation on the roads and highways.

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