Meranews, Gandhinagar: Heavy rainfall led to water-logging in many parts of Mumbai and travel by train and flight was badly hit as the city recorded the highest rainfall in a decade for the month of September.
Western Railways cancelled five trains and Central Railways cancelled as many as six and diverted two trains. At the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, only runways 14 and 32 were operational, and all flights bound for Mumbai were diverted to Goa, Bengaluru, Delhi and Hyderabad. Airport authorities also carried out operations to remove aircraft that were stuck in mud during landing on Tuesday. Mumbai’s local train services were also delayed for 15-20 minutes due to the heavy downpour.
The University of Mumbai instructed all colleges under it to remain closed in accordance with an order from the education minister.
On account of water-logging and rainfall, even Mumbai’s famed dabbawalas cancelled their services on Wednesday. “We won’t be working today. No dabba delivery will be done today by Mumbai dabbawalas due to rains,” said a spokesperson for the Mumbai Dabbawala Association, Subhash Talekar.
On Tuesday, Mumbai recorded its second highest rainfall for the month of September in a span of 12 hours.
On August 29, India’s financial capital received 297.6mm rain in a nine-hour period, higher than any 24-hour period in August in a decade, which brought the city to a standstill, as commuters waded through chest-deep water. (ANI contributed to this story)