Mumbai, June 3: Pre-monsoon rains along with stormy winds lashed several parts of Mumbai on Saturday evening. The first pre-monsoon showers also claimed three lives as two children and another person died due to electrocution. Flights were delayed and there traffic snarls in most parts of the city.
Several domestic, international and cargo flights were disrupted and some were even delayed. Flight operations almost came to a halt at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. flights of Jet Airways, GoAir, Qatar Airways and various airlines were diverted. A Jet Airways flight was even delayed for 45 minutes following traffic congestion which took place due to the sudden showers. Another Sri Lankan Airways’ Colombo-Mumbai flight was diverted to Ahmedabad. As per sources, the runway had to be briefly shut too.
Not just flight operations, the heavy rains which lashed Mumbai also affected the Railways. Western Railway local train services came to a stand still after tripping occurred in the overhead wire between Bhayandar and Virar railway stations last evening. At least four Western Railway services were cancelled yesterday, reported the Western Railway. Small disruptions also occurred in overhead equipment between Goregaon and Borivali, Vile Parle and Andheri, Goregaon and Virar and near Matunga Road station.
Mumbai will continue to witness rains in the coming days and the intensity of the showers will only increase. Monsoon may start as soon as on June 8, according to weather officials. It must be noted that the movement of the Southwest Monsoon along the western coast is likely to increase the intensity of the rains. IMD deputy director-general (western region) KS Hosalikar said, “The showers are owing to convection and ground heating. The reason for the showers is the high temperatures and moisture being abundantly available now.”
In the last 36 hours, different regions of Maharashtra have received sporadic rainfall. While Chandrapur recorded a 32 mm rainfall the previous day, Vengurla recorded 30.4 mm, Sangli got 28.5 mm and Pune received 25.3 mm rainfall.