Mumbai rains LIVE: Airport runway closed, President Kovind tweets govt, civil society must work together

Mumbai is witnessing heavy rains since Tuesday evening flooding roads and railway tracks. School and colleges have been asked to remain close as the city braces for more rains today. A recent satellite image shows that a cyclone is moving towards Mumbai.

Flight operations at the busy Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport have also been hit. Reports say least 56 flights have been diverted as the main runway is not operational.

With the weather department forecasting more rain, the civic administration and other agencies have geared up to tackle any eventuality and keep the city afloat unlike on August 29, when the metropolis was flooded.

President Ram Nath Kovind also tweeted on the Mumbai rains through his official handle @rashtrapatibhvn. "Thoughts with families in rain-hit Mumbai, parts of Maharashtra and western India. Government and civil society must work together," President Kovind said.

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

LATEST UPDATES:

  • Train updates: According to Central Railway PRO, the trans-harbour line is running normally with slight delay in Harbour and Main line.
  • Flight updates: Nearly 20 flights have been affected due to Mumbai rains. Air India spokesperson said, "We are experiencing heavy rainfall and bad tail winds at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. The flights are taking off and landing from the secondary runway as the main runway has been closed for operations. Delays have been reported in arrival and departure of flights due to fluctuating weather."
  • Traffic updates: According to Mumbai Police, traffic is moving slow on the Santacruz Chembur Link Road, South Bound, Chembur; Milan subway is open but water-logged and people are advised to use an alternate route. In Tardeo and Kalbadevi, traffic flow is normal. Andheri station road closed due to water-logging, traffic movement slow on Sion Hospital bridge towards Matunga; Andheri, Dahisar and Khar subways closed.
  • Many flights from Delhi-Mumbai cancelled/delayed due to bad weather. A SpiceJet flight had overshot runway at Mumbai airport on Tuesday evening.
  • A SpiceJet flight overshot runway 27 while landing at Mumbai airport on Tuesday night.(Photo/ANI)
  • We have issued a warning and keeping a close watch. Situation is improving: Hosalikar
  • Mumbai city recorded 210 mm rainfall, suburb recorded 303 mm rainfall and Dahanu near Mumbai recorded 304 mm rainfall: KS Hosalikar, DDG IMD
  • High tide is expected at 12:03 pm.

    #MumbaiRains: Massive waterlogging in various parts of Mumbai: High tide expected around 12:03 pm today. pic.twitter.com/IvHT1w4fV2

    - ANI (@ANI) September 20, 2017
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport shut, both runways non-operational. Flights diverted to Goa, Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad

    #MumbaiRains: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport shut,both runways non-operational. Flights diverted to Goa,Bengaluru,Delhi,Hyderabad pic.twitter.com/BKclJ0NGpO

    - ANI (@ANI) September 20, 2017
  • Mumbai's famous Dabbawalas are off duty today due to rains. "We won't be working today due to rains," said Subhash Talekar, Mumbai Dabbawala Association spokesperson.
  • Five Western Railways trains cancelled. Six trains cancelled and two diverted on Central Railways
  • As per information received from the Colaba weather observatory, the north Konkan region of Maharashtra, including Mumbai and its neighbouring areas, is expected to receive more rainfall.

Traffic situation absolutely normal and no water logging at BKC. Slow moving traffic at Malad #MumbaiRains

- Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) September 20, 2017

Traffic is moving slow on Kherwadi Bridge, Kherwadi due to water logging #MumbaiRains

- Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) September 20, 2017

(Inputs from Mayuresh Ganapatye)

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