Heavy Rains Put Life Out Of Gear in Mumbai

IMD predicts heavy to very heavy rainfall across several parts of India

Mumbai: Heavy rains lashed across India’s financial capital causing waterlogging by Friday night. This lead traffic jams on several major roads and diversion of about 17 flights.

Intense spells of rain are likely to continue in the districts of Thane, Raigad and Mumbai during the next four hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Flights from the international airport in Mumbai have been delayed by 30 minutes on an average due to heavy rains.

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Along with peak hour traffic, Western Express Highway was badly affected due to the rain with those heading to airport worst affected.

Waterlogging was also reported outside the domestic airport departure gate. This further increased the 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.

Heavy Rains Put Life Out Of Gear in Mumbai
Waterlogged Mumbai Airport (Courtesy: NDTV)

Mumbai’s civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC, has warned people that severe thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and strong surface winds exceeding up to 70 kmph are 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.

Prediction for Rest of India

IMD has also predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy falls at isolated places over Konkan, Goa, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Gangetic West Bengal, Madhya Maharashtra, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Assam, Meghalaya, Gujarat region and Jharkhand. Fishermen are advised not to venture into these areas.

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