Heavy rains batter Mumbai, disrupt life, main runway shut

Mumbai is down with heavy rains once again, this being the season's second time that the normal routines of the financial capital of India has been disrupted.

A Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) spokesperson said runway operations were suspended between 6.49 p.m. and 7.16 p.m after visibility dropped to less than 400m and went down to 250m.

Flights are hit, trains are running late or are cancelled and schools and colleges across Mumbai are shut following heavy rains and severe flooding.

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.

Six people were killed today in a landslide in northeast India, while heavy rain in the western city of Mumbai caused havoc after a plane skidded off the runway and became stuck in mud.

"All passengers booked on Mumbai bound flights are being notified via SMS, calls, emails with revised schedule updates", the National Carrier IndiGo said. The IMD had predicted three-days rain from Sunday, but showers started only since Tuesday.The weather stations at Santa Cruz and Colaba recorded 137 mm and 142 mm of rainfall respectively on Tuesday.

A 22-member Zimbabwe Under-19 team, which was supposed to reach Mumbai on Tuesday, was stuck at the Nagpur airport and later accommodated in hotels. Many flights from Delhi-Mumbai cancelled/delayed due to bad weather and SpiceJet flight incident at Mumbai airport.

In Mumbai 56 flights were diverted due to yesterday night's thunder and lightning storms. "Schools are instructed to remain close tomorrow for safety due to mixed predictions". Met officials have warned of heavy rains for next 24 hours.

High tide is expected at 12:30 PM and height is expected to be 4.54 meters. Vehicular traffic was moving but at a slower pace, including on the Eastern and Western Express Highway, the two major arterial roads in the metropolis.

An IMD official said the Santacruz observatory recorded 225.3 mm rain from 8.30 am to 11.30 pm last night.

Mumbai has borne far greater rains and is used to the heavy falls but is for the second time that rains are affecting the daily routines of the city in this year.

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