Mumbai rains: Several flights, as well as road and rail transport, remained affected in Mumbai to due to the continuous downpour.
Mumbai rains: Several flights, as well as road and rail transport, remained affected in Mumbai to due to the continuous downpour today. Flight operations were affected as the main runway of the airport remained closed till 2 PM due to low visibility and strong winds, officials told IANS. As per India Meteorological Department (IMD), the city recorded 304 mm rainfall till the morning today, making it the third highest downpour in a single day.
Since last night, several flights including international ones were diverted to other cities as the main runway was blocked due to skidding of a SpiceJet aircraft off the runaway, the agency added. “We are experiencing heavy rainfall and bad tailwinds at the airport. The flights are taking off and landing on the secondary runway. There are delays (of up to 30 minutes) in arrivals/departures because of the fluctuating weather,” a spokesperson was quoted as saying by IANS. Later another flight also skidded off the wet runaway, affecting operations.
Meanwhile SpiceJet has also offered full refund on no-show requests due to closure of runway. “In view of Runway Closure/ Weather in Mumbai , we are offering full refund on No-show requests,” the company tweeted. Heavy rains continued to lash in the Maharashtra capital, as well as the other parts of the state affecting the normal life. The latest downpour had come three weeks after the deluge of August 29 and 30, paralysing the city, leading to at least twelve deaths. Heavy rains also affected the supply of electricity supply. Local trains and buses were also running late.
The weather department has also forecast heavy rains over large parts of Maharashtra and surrounding areas till Saturday. The warning has however been downgraded for Mumbai which can expect intermittent rains in next two days, IANS added.
As many as 63 Jet Airways, 8 IndiGo and 3 SpiceJet and 1 GoAir flights have been cancelled due to bad weather at Mumbai airport today.