Mumbai rains: Operations at Mumbai airport suspended due to low visibility; Mayhem-hit maximum city brought to knees

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Published: August 29, 2017 5:43:19 PM

Mumbai rains: Incessant rainfall has brought entire Mumbai to a standstill and now it is being reported by ANI that operations at the Mumbai airport (Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport) services have been temporarily suspended due to low visibility.

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Mumbai rains: Incessant rainfall has brought entire Mumbai to a standstill and now it is being reported by ANI that operations at the Mumbai airport (Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport) services have been temporarily suspended due to low visibility. Earlier as many as six to seven flights had to do go-arounds while landing, and four to five flights were diverted to nearby airports, including an Indigo Guwahati-Mumbai flight to Ahmadabad. However, only one runway of the airport was functional. Earlier an airport official informed that there is an average delay of 35 minutes. “Heavy rains and the strong winds have drastically reduced visibility to very low levels leading to diversions and go-arounds even though the main runway is open,” a Mumbai airport source told PTI earlier.

Air India, taking to Twitter today informed passengers about flight delays. The national carrier posted this message: “Due to heavy rain, flight operations may get affected at #BOM apt. Please contact #AI Call Center for updates.”

As the situation worsened, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited the State Disaster Management Control room to inspect the current situation. “I have talked to BMC disaster management cell and Mumbai police over hotline. Mantralaya staff told to leave early,” Fadnavis was quoted as saying by ANI.

Several roads are reportedly submerged due to heavy downpour. Moreover, office going people and several others are left stranded due to traffic being hugely affected owing to rains. Many roads connecting the main areas are facing the waterlogging crisis. It is being said by the MeT department that the heavy rains may continue until Wednesday. The department has also predicted extremely heavy rainfall in the coming 24 to 48 hours in the western coast of Maharashtra, including Mumbai, and some other areas.

Massive rains since Saturday morning lashed the city and the adjoining areas including Navi Mumbai and Thane. Not just aviation, all means of transportation have been paralyzed since hours. Suburban rail services were hit, including services of Central Railway-run harbour line, which connects CSMT to Panvel – these remained suspended indefinitely since 11:30 am, Railways officials told ANI.

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