Sixteen people were killed as heavy rain pounded Mumbai and its surrounding areas overnight, flooding the airport and paralysing local trains, the lifeline of India’s commercial capital. The city received the heaviest rain over a 24-hour period in a decade. The weather office has sounded a red alert for Mumbai today, warning for more rain.
Several suburban and long-distance trains have been cancelled after railway tracks were flooded. Over 52 flights have been cancelled and 54 diverted because a SpiceJet plane that skidded last night while landing in rain has forced a shutdown of the main runway at the airport.
Amid prediction of heavy rain today, Maharashtra has declared a public holiday in Mumbai and adjoining Thane, with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis urging people to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary. “Due to heavy rain forecast in Mumbai even today by IMD, People are advised to stay indoors unless there is any emergency,” Mr Fadnavis’s office tweeted. The state government said that barring emergency services, all government offices will remain closed in Mumbai today. While all schools and colleges are closed today, private firms have asked employees to work from home.
The diverted flights are being sent to Ahmedabad, Goa and Bengaluru. Late last night, a SpiceJet plane from Jaipur overshot the runway during landing at the Mumbai airport amid heavy rain. No one was injured. The plane is still stuck on the runway. A secondary runway one is being used for flight operations after the main runway was closed.
Western and Central Railway are tweeting updates of train lines that are functional. Passengers of three suburban trains who were stranded on flooded tracks were evacuated by Railway Protection Force (RPF) staff late last night.C
Thirteen people were killed and four critically injured after a compound wall crashed in Mumbai’s Malad East early this morning. A 10 year-old girl has been trapped under the debris, setting off massive rescue efforts. In neighbouring Thane’s Kalyan, three, including a three-year-old boy, have been killed after the wall of a school crashed on two houses. The government has announced a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh to the families of those who died in the Malad wall collapse.