Mumbai, Sept 20: Mumbai will continue to witness heavy rainfall on Wednesday as well, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a 4.54-metre high tide warning has been issued for Wednesday noon, exactly 12.03 pm. The Mumbai Police tweeted on Wednesday that a low tide is expected around 6.04 pm today. In the wake of this, the Maharashtra government has instructed schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) to remain shut on Wednesday. (LIVE updates on Mumbai rains)
“Schools are instructed to remain closed tomorrow for safety due to mixed predictions; This holiday will be compensated in Diwali #MumbaiRains,” tweeted Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde on Tuesday.
On Tuesday evening, SpiceJet flight number SG-703 from Varanasi to Mumbai skidded-off the runway during landing and got stuck in mud at Mumbai International Airport. All 183 passengers on the SpiceJet flight were reported to be safe. Notably, regular flight operations were affected as operations were carried out to extricate the stuck aircraft.
Meanwhile, an IANS report has stated that all flight operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport remained cancelled due to torrential rains on Tuesday night till 5:00 am on Wednesday. Local train services on the Harbour line were also affected due to the heavy downpour.
Several low-lying areas in central Mumbai like Parel, Dadar and some areas of the suburbs like Chembur, Kurla, Andheri, Malad, Borivali, Dahisar experienced waterlogging due to heavy rainfall. Commuters had a harrowing experience during the downpour on Tuesday as traffic snarls were reported on the Eastern Express Highway, the Amar Mahal flyover, the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road, Jijabai Bhosale Road and on the Sion Bandra Link Road.
A forecast of heavy to very heavy rainfall at few places with extremely heavy rainfall in Raigad district adjoining Mumbai is expected in the next 24 hours, according to IMD Mumbai.