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


Mumbai: 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 the next 24 hours, the weather department predicted. 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 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. The main runway at the airport is likely to remain closed till this morning with operations continuing on a secondary runway.

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