Waterlogging, Jams In Mumbai After Very Heavy Rain; Flights Delayed


Waterlogging, Jams In Mumbai After Very Heavy Rain; Flights Delayed
Mumbai: 

There's massive waterlogging and traffic jams in parts of Mumbai with the city receiving very heavy rain this evening. Flights have been delayed by up to an hour as well. Heavy rain will continue for three more hours and the intensity will start decreasing tomorrow afternoon or evening, private weather forecaster Skymet predicted.

Mumbai has received warnings for very heavy rain accompanied by strong winds for the next four hours.

"Flights are delayed by 30 minutes on average, due to heavy rains since last two hours," an official of the Mumbai airport told news agency ANI. Nine flights have been diverted due to fluctuating visibility.

A part of a wall on the second floor of Khakhar Building in Mumbai has collapsed as well. No injuries have been reported so far.

Along with peak hour traffic, Western Express Highway has been badly affected due to the rain with those heading to airport worst affected. On a normal day, the traffic crawls and the rain during peak hour has made it worse.

In Mumbai surburbs, Juhu Tara Road, Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road, several stretches of SV Road and parts of Western Express Highway have been waterlogged leading to traffic jams. Traffic jam on the Western Express Highway starts before the toll plaza at Bandra and extends all the way up to Borivali, around 25 km away.

Waterlogging has also been reported outside the domestic airport departure gate leading to hassles for passengers who have managed to reach the airport after being stuck in traffic jams for two-and-half hours on the Western Express Highway.

Waterlogging outside the domestic departure gate of the Mumbai airport

Mumbai's civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC, has warned people that severe thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and string surface winds exceeding up to 70kmph is likely to hit the city and its surrounding areas.

Local trains are running with slight delays as well. The BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport Undertaking) has diverted buses on five routes.

With today being July 26, many Mumbaikars tweeted about how the heavy rains brought back memories of July 26, 2005, when the large parts of the city was inundated after a cloudburst.

People shared pictures of waterlogging as well.

The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted that isolated areas in Maharashtra, including Mumbai, are likely to witness heavy downpour in coming days. 

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