Mumbai airport operations hit, 75 flights cancelled due to heavy rains

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Mumbai: Heavy rains continued to lash the city of Mumbai on Wednesday bringing vehicular traffic, trains, flights to a standstill.

Although Mumbai's critical lifeline, the suburban trains and BEST bus services did not see any major disruptions, flight operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport were disrupted for around 30 minutes this evening, forcing diversion of four incoming flights due to barely 250 metres visibility.

On Sunday, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had said that Mumbai was likely to witness heavy rainfall till Friday.

Mumbai: After almost 23 hrs an Air India technical team managed to retrieve a SpiceJet Boeing 737 aircraft which was stuck in the mud at Mumbai Airport late on Tuesday, an official said here late on Wednesday.

Mumbai recorded its second highest September rain in a span of 12 hours yesterday, BMC officials said.

According to IMD figures, Mumbai suburbs recorded a whopping 304 mm rainfall till Wednesday morning, making it the third highest downpour in a single day since the great Mumbai floods when the city experienced 945 mm rains, followed by 316 mm on August 29 this year.

"In lieu of the main runway not being available at Mumbai airport till 1400 hours on Sep 20, 2017 the following flights have been cancelled".

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The aircraft had skidded off the main runway while landing and got stuck in the soft wet mud, blocking the main runway 09/27.

Mumbai weather is cloudy today with heavy thundershowers and lightning across the city.

In a statement, the Education Minister's office said all educational institutions will remain closed on Wednesday, for students' safety. Main runway to remain shut till 2 pm. The road traffic was badly affected and it was hard for commuters to reach stations and take the train for workplaces. And city hit with heavy rains, however, this time weather department, railways, BMC and other departments are prepared to face it.

The incessant rains have affected the city for the second time in the last one month.

Meanwhile, Twitter users have been sharing photos and videos of flooding in parts of Mumbai that give us an idea of how serious the condition might be.

Railway services were also affected, with trains running late throughout the day.

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