Seventeen flights were diverted and many delayed by up to an hour in Mumbai on Friday evening due to heavy rain and low visibility. There was massive waterlogging and traffic jams across the city, with no respite from the heavy downpour. The intensity of the rain will only start decreasing from Saturday afternoon or evening, private weather forecaster Skymet has predicted.
“Flights are delayed by 30 minutes on average, due to heavy rains since last two hours,” an official of the Mumbai airport told news agency ANI.
Along with peak hour traffic, Western Express Highway was badly affected due to the rain with those heading to airport worst affected. On a normal day, the traffic crawls and the rain during peak hour made it worse.
In Mumbai suburbs, Juhu Tara Road, Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road, several stretches of SV Road and parts of Western Express Highway were waterlogged, leading to traffic jams. Traffic jam on the Western Express Highway started before the toll plaza at Bandra and extended all the way up to Borivali, around 25 km away.
Waterlogging was also reported outside the domestic airport departure gate leading to hassles for passengers who managed to reach the airport after being stuck in traffic jams for two-and-half hours on the Western Express Highway.
Mumbai’s civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC, has warned people that severe thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and string surface winds exceeding up to 70kmph is likely to hit the city and its surrounding areas.
Local trains ran with slight delays as well. The BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking) diverted buses on five routes.
A part of a wall on the second floor of Khakhar Building in Mumbai collapsed due to the rain, but no injuries were reported.
With Friday being July 26, many Mumbaikars tweeted about how the heavy rains brought back memories of July 26, 2005, when the large parts of the city was inundated after a cloudburst.
— Priti Gandhi (@MrsGandhi) July 26, 2019
– toshisinha (@SinhaToshi) July 26, 2019
People shared pictures of waterlogging as well.
— Abhishek Singh Gautam (@asgautam09) July 26, 2019
The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted that isolated areas in Maharashtra, including Mumbai, are likely to witness heavy downpour in coming days.
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Waterlogging, Jams In Mumbai After Very Heavy Rain; Flights Delayed – NDTV News