Mumbai has once again been hit by heavy rainfall that began on Tuesday evening and is continuing today. On Tuesday, several low-lying localities were flooded, leading to traffic jams across the city. Operations at the Mumbai International Airport remain suspended until this morning, with a total of 56 flights diverted. They have partly resumed this morning. The Mumbai airport, the country’s second busiest airport, handles 930 flights per day with an average of 48 movements per hour. Train services, too, are slowly resuming. On Tuesday, the Western Railways were either cancelled or diverted to the Central Railways. (Click here to see pictures of Mumbai rain)
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had on Sunday predicted that the city is likely to witness heavy rainfall till Friday. The financial capital and its suburbs are likely to receive intermittent rain on Wednesday, while a few places are likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall. High tide is expected at 12.03 pm on Wednesday — which, in effect, means if it is raining heavily at noon, several low-lying areas will flood. So it’s best you avoid stepping out at noon or get to your destination before noon.
Mumbai rains LIVE updates:
11:30 am: High tide is expected at 12:35 pm.
11:00 am: The IMD forecast for today stated that occasional spells of rain or thundershowers are likely to occur in the city. However, heavy rainfalls are also expected in one or two areas.
06:00 am: Six Central Railway inter-city trains have been cancelled for today, as per a report from ANI.
02: 00 am: CSIA in a tweet informed that flight services have been restored on the main runway. More than 60 flights were cancelled on Wednesday following heavy downpour in the city.
#MumbaiRains – Flight operations have been restored on the main runway. We apologise for the inconvenience caused to all our passengers.
— CSIA (@CSIAMumbai) September 20, 2017
11:00 pm: SG-703 Varanasi-Mumbai SpiceJet flight that got stuck in mud at the airport has been removed from runway. The flight while landing had skidded off into the unpaved surface due to wet runway.
06:29 pm: Main runway to remain closed till 10 pm, flight operations to continue on secondary runway at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
06: 20 pm: Rains continue to lash Mumbai, heavy showers reported.
5: 40 pm: 63 Jet Airways, 8 IndiGo and 3 SpiceJet and 1 GoAir flights cancelled due to bad weather at Mumbai airport.
4:48 pm: No water logging & traffic normal at BKC, Dahisar, Dadar, Parel, Matunga & Tardeo, says Mumbai Police
4:40 pm: Obstruction in traffic on Centaur Bridge, North Bound, Vile Parle, W.E.H. due to breakdown of a car. Traffic is moving slow, says Mumbai Police.
04: 35 pm: BMC issues an appeal requesting people not to “spread and trust” rumours of a cyclone warning.
01:30 pm: Operations are slowly being restored on Runway 14 at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. The NOTAM earlier given to the airport operator has been extended up to 6:00 pm, reported ANI.
01:00 pm: People gather near Worli seaface as high tide and rain combine.
12: 40 pm: The Mumbai police in a tweet said that traffic is now running normal, however, there’s a diversion at Aarey Colony Bridge to Road no 3 and through linking road no 4 at SV Road. Worli Sea Link, Pedder road, Sion Bridge are open with smooth traffic movement.
12: 30 pm: Around 168 incidents of treefall have been reported, out of which 60 are in the island city, 37 in the eastern suburbs and 71 in the western suburbs. However, no casualties have been reported till now.
12: 20 pm: A report from BMC on rainfall Mumbai received between 8:30 am on Tuesday till 8:30 am on Wednesday stated that waterlogging was reported at areas like Veera Desai Road, Air India Colony, Milan Subway, Andheri Subway, National College and Kohinoor City mall in the western suburbs and areas like Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar, Shell Colony Chembur and Mankhurd.
12:10 pm: Looking at the hindrance in the flight services caused due to heavy rainfall last night, Indigo airlines have released an official statement. The statement read: “Due to the heavy rains and runway closure at the Mumbai airport, flight operations to and fro Mumbai will be affected today. All passengers booked on Mumbai bound flights are being notified via SMS, calls, emails with revised schedule updates. IndiGo assures all passengers with confirmed tickets to and from Mumbai will be given 100 per cent refund of tickets and will also waive off the charges against the booking required changes to the alternate dates. Alternatively, passengers can also cancel their reservations online and claim for refund of charges of the fees by emailing us the PNR number at email@example.com”
12:00 pm: Taking to Twitter, President Ramnath Kovind says his thoughts are with the families affected by the rains in Mumbai and western India. He urged the government and society to work together.
Thoughts with families in rain-hit Mumbai, parts of Maharashtra & western India. Govt & civil society must work together #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) September 20, 2017
11: 55 am: Photos from the Gateway of India. High tides are expected at 12:03 pm.
11: 40 am: There has been no disruption in traffic on Mumbai’s two major roads- the Eastern Express Highway and the Western Express Highway, a BMC official said. The spokesperson of Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST), Hanumant Gofane said there’s no diversions in the bus routes and buses are running normal.
11: 20 am: The chief spokesperson of Central Railways Sunil Udasi said, “Since 10 pm yesterday, our services on the main and the harbour lines are running at regular intervals with lesser frequency and restricted speed in water-logging prone areas. Our field staff and supervisors have been deployed to keep a tab on the water level.”
11: 15 am: IMD officials have warned the fishermen from venturing into the deep sea.
11:05 am: Due to water logging the south bound traffic on SV Road has diverted to P D Hinduja road. The north bound traffic has been diverted to linking road at Turner road junction Bandra west.
10: 40 am: Water logging is being reported at Railway colony on SV Road in Bandra. Whereas, the Mumbai police have confirmed in a tweet that the Khar subway has now been opened for traffic.
10: 25 am: Ajay Kumar, scientist at IMD Mumbai was quoted by ANI as saying: Now rainfall will decrease, but light to moderate rainfall will continue in Mumbai region. He also added that the situation will improve from now onwards.
10: 10 am: The Trans-harbour railway line remains unaffected, however there’s a slight delay and less trains are running in Harbour and Main line, an official from Central Railway said.
10:05 am: The following trains have been diverted:
*11025 Bhusaval Pune express
*11026 Pune Bhusaval Express
10: 00 am: List of outstation trains that have been cancelled due to heavy rains:
*22102 Manmad – CSTM Rajya Rani Express
*12118 Manmad LTT Godavari Express
*11007 CSTM Pune Deccan Express
*22101 CSTM Manmad Rajya Rani Express
*12117 LTT Manmad Godavari Express
*11010 Pune CSTM Sinhagad Express
9: 50 am: Due to heavy downpour in Mumbai since last night, around 13 buses remained stranded in flooded regions, said a senior BEST officialssaid. The official also added that 82 bus breakdowns were reported since last night.
9: 45 am: In the last 24 hours Colaba recorded 210 mm rainfall, whereas 303.7 mm rainfall have been recorded at Santacruz.
9: 40 am: Due to high tides being expected at 12:03 pm the train services at harbour line will be halted during the day.
9: 35 am: A MIAL official said, “We are experiencing heavy rainfall and bad tail winds at CSIA. The flights are taking off and landing from the secondary runway as the main runway has been closed for operations.There are delays in arrival and departure flights because of the fluctuating weather.”
9: 30 am: AAI have estimated that the main runway closure can be extended till 2 pm today.
9: 25 am: Around 20 flights of Air India are delayed or diverted due to heavy rainfall since previous night.
9: 20 am: New Delhi- Mumbai flight AI 191 status: “Due to bad weather in Mumbai the landing of aircraft is prohibited because of this AI191 did not get permission to land in Mumbai so the flight is diverted to Hyderabad..We tried our best to get the permission to land in Mumbai but didn’t succeed.So AI 191 is further diverted to Delhi,” AI spokesperson.
9: 10 am: Jet Airways in a tweet have confirmed that they will waive off penalties for date/ flight change. In cases of date/flight change, only the fare difference will be applicable.
— Jet Airways (@jetairways) September 19, 2017
(2/2) tkts for travel to/from Mumbai on 19&20 Sep,2017. In case of date/flight change, only the fare difference, if any, will be applicable.
— Jet Airways (@jetairways) September 19, 2017
9:05 am: Mumbai police in a tweet said that the Milan subway is open but is water logged. The officials have urged the public to use an alternate route.
8: 55 am: “Long distance trains which were regulated and stranded at various locations of WR due to heavy water logging at Nalasopara, Virar have been cleared.Suburban services over WR are running normal on all lines from Churchgate to Dahanu road,” a senior Western Railways official said. (Read more)
8: 50 am: “The current visibility is 1600 meters with winds of 12 knots. RWY 14 (Main) is being used for arrivals while RWY ( Secondary) 32 is being used for departures,” MIAL official said. (Read more)
8:20 am: The Andheri station road is closed due to water logging.
8:10 am : The Mumbai police in a tweet said that traffic is moving normally in both directions on the Eastern Freeway, Bandra Worli sea link, Haji Ali Junction, Tardeo Pedder Road and Girgaon Bandstand.
8:00 am: The Mumbai police said in a tweet that high tide is expected at 12.03 pm.
7:55 am: Won’t be working today, no Dabba delivery by Mumbai Dabbawalas due to rain :Subhash Talekar, Mumbai Dabbawala Association Spox was quoted by news agency ANI.
7: 50 am: Five Western Railways trains have been cancelled. Six trains are cancelled and two trains have been diverted on Central Railways.
7: 45 am: A total of 56 flights have been diverted. The main runway of Mumabai airpot has been shut, however the second runway is still operating.
7: 40 am: “The visibility and runway visual range recorded at Mumbai airport were 700 m and 800 m, respectively. Flight operations continued with delays. There were four diversions and ten go-around of flights in total. Coaches were deployed for airside transfer of passengers from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2. Seating arrangements and discounted rates for food were arranged for stranded passengers at Terminal 1,” said the official spokesperson at MIAL.
12:49 am: The heavy rainfall is expected to end by Wednesday as the forecast from Thursday to Saturday predicts light rain. Thundershowers are expected in the city on Sunday.
12:41 am: “No untoward incident has been reported so far owing to the rains and our contingency services are in alert mode,” said a senior official attached with the Disaster Management Cell of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). “Till 5 pm Tuesday evening, our weather station in South Mumbai has recorded 28.71 mm rainfall. The eastern and western suburbs have recorded 28.93 mm and 25.11 mm rainfall, respectively,” said the official.
12:40 am: The city is fearing a repeat of the massive floods last month that brought the megapolis to a grinding halt as most part of the island city, home to around 20 million residents, went under floodwaters and slush.
12:37 am: IMD has also predicted that North Madhya Maharashtra would get heavy rainfall at isolated places in the 24 hours beginning September 21.
12:36 am: A forecast of heavy to very heavy rainfall at few places with extremely heavy rainfall in Raigad district adjoining Mumbai is expected in the next 24 hours, according to IMD Mumbai.
12:20 am: On a day heavy rains lashed the Maharashtra capital, the cab aggregator Ola on Tuesday announced to do away with the peak pricing for the sake of commuters.
— Ola (@Olacabs) September 19, 2017
— Ola (@Olacabs) September 19, 2017
12:13 am: Several parts of the city, including South Mumbai, Borivali, Kandivili, Andheri and Bhandup, received heavy rainfall.
12:12 am: Several parts of the city, including South Mumbai, Borivali, Kandivili, Andheri and Bhandup, received heavy rainfall on Tuesday.
12:08 am: Operations at the Mumbai airport were suspended from 10 pm after the SpiceJet aircraft overshot the main runway.
12:07 am: Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde said, “Schools and colleges will remain shut on Wednesday for the safety of students in light of the weather predictions. The loss will be compensated by cutting Diwali holidays by a day.”
12:02 am: All 183 passengers on the SG-703 Varanasi-Mumbai SpiceJet flight that overshot runway are safe. They have been taken to the arrival hall: SpiceJet.
12:00 am: SpiceJet flight overshot runway 27 on landing at Mumbai airport and skidded off into the unpaved surface due to wet runway. Chutes deployed for passengers. No fire or smoke reported.
12:00: Heavy rains coupled with thunder and lightning lashed the metropolis Tuesday afternoon, slowing down movement of vehicular traffic and suburban trains, and bringing back memories of torrential downpour late last month when the financial capital came to a standstill.
(With PTI Inputs)