Mumbai rains: 108 Flights cancelled; Fliers grounded; 4 Washed away; 7 Swimmers missing

Mumbai: This is becoming an annual ritual: the monsoon spills over late into September and more often than not catches the city unawares. If this was the season’s parting shot, then, for the record, on Wednesday, Mumbai recorded the highest average rainfall for 24 hours at a stretch in September in a decade.

The downpour left its trail: A 17-year-old girl fell from the train at Borivili on Tuesday night, though there was no confirmation whether this was a rain-related incident. Four persons were washed away at Desai Wadi at Nalasopra; while three bodies had been traced, one was still missing.

But all ears were straining for news about the whereabouts of seven boys from Ulhasnagar and Ambernath; they had gone for a swim at Barraze dam, Badlapur, and have been reportedly missing.

The lashing also brought back nagging fears of a deluge and a lockdown. Trains meandered through the tracks and were running 15 to 20 minutes late but there was no major disruption of suburban services. The Harbour Line train services had to cease for a brief period in the early hours but later resumed.

The brunt was borne by the air travellers. A SpiceJet aircraft made a soft landing on Tuesday night and got stuck in the mud. The passengers had to be evacuated through chutes and operations on the runaway had to be suspended. Air India technicians were trying their best to remove the aircraft and clear the main runway for regular operations. It is expected to open at 6 a.m. on Thursday.   Flights were landing on and taking off from a secondary and shorter runway, leading to huge delays, diversions, go-arounds and cancellations, officials said.

ALERT FOR RUMOUR MONGERS

The BMC is livid over fake reports of cyclone circulating on social media. Civic chief Ajoy Mehta has written a letter to Deven Bharti, joint commissioner of police, and asked the department to trace those miscreants who had spread the falsehood on Whatsapp.

ADRIFT BOAT RESCUED

The Coast Guard rescued a fishing boat called Seagull with 14 fishermen on board on Tuesday night. The fishermen were stranded in the rough sea for ten days after the fishing boat had an engine breakdown.

RAIN WATCH

Highest average rainfall for 24 hours at a stretch in September City’s average rainfall for Sept 312.3mm.

Intermittent rain forecast for the next two days in a few places.

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