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In Heavy Mumbai Rain, Schools To Be Shut Today, Flights Hit

In Heavy Mumbai Rain, Schools To Be Shut Today, Flights Hit

Mumbai weather: The financial capital has been pounded by heavy rain since Tuesday afternoon along with lightning and thunder.

Heavy rain battered Mumbai on Tuesday, triggering traffic jams and waterlogging in many areas of the city. Schools and colleges have been asked to remain closed today. The downpour is likely to continue for next 24 hours, the weather department predicted on Tuesday. A high tide that was expected to hit the city’s shoreline shortly before midnight could make things worse, it said. Operations at the Mumbai airport were suspended for a while, delaying several flights.

At the Mumbai airport, a SpiceJet plane carrying 183 people overshot the wet runway while landing at and got stuck in the mud at around 10 pm, officials said. All passengers were safely evacuated but flight operations were suspended for several hours.

Several parts of the city including South Mumbai, Kandivili, Borivali, Andheri and Bhandup, received heavy rainfall, news agency Press Trust of India said.

The downpour witnessed in parts of the city is likely to continue for another 24 hours, MeT said.

The city has been witnessing rainfall since afternoon along with lightning and thunder.

Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde posted a series of tweets saying that schools and colleges have been asked to remain closed as a precautionary measure.

Around 20 flights were affected with seven of them being diverted to Hyderabad, Vadodara and Ahmedabad airports and the rest forced to ‘go-around’ (abort landing on final approach) when the only runway was closed in the evening, airport sources told news agency PTI.

Mumbai residents feared a repeat of the floods last month that brought the city, home to around 20 million residents, to a grinding halt as several areas went under waters and slush.

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