Heavy rains leaves Mumbai stuck, as traffic and floods ensue

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The flight operations at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai continued to be affected because of various issues like heavy downpour, poor visibility conditions and one SpiceJet aircraft skidding and overshooting the main runway and getting stuck into the mid. The rains caused water-logging in several areas, which led to traffic snarls in various parts of the city.

On Sunday, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had said that Mumbai was likely to witness heavy rainfall till Friday.

However, schools and colleges remained shut through the day as a precautionary measure and dabbawalas have cancelled their delivery of over two lakh tiffins to office goers in the city.

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Although Mumbai is trying to build itself into a global financial hub, parts of the city still struggle to cope with annual monsoon rains.

All 183 passengers were safely evacuated from the Varanasi to Mumbai flight after it missed the runway and "skidded off into the unpaved surface", the airline said. A spokesperson for the airport authority said that aircraft recovery kit from Air India has reached the site to pave down the way from underneath so that the stuck plane can be towed out. Delays have been reported in arrival and departure of flights due to fluctuating weather.

More than 50 flights have been cancelled as the main runway of the Mumbai airport continues to remain closed.

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"Schools are instructed to remain close tomorrow for safety due to mixed predictions; This holiday will be compensated in Diwali #MumbaiRains", tweeted Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde on Tuesday.

Till Wednesday morning, the IMD said Mumbai suburbs received 304 mm rains while the city experienced 210 mm rainfall.

5 Western Railway trains have been cancelled and most trains are running late with heavy flooding reported on the Vasai Virar link. Fights are taking off and landing from the secondary runway as the main runway has been closed for operations. This is the second time in two months that Mumbai is hit with heavy rains. In Tardeo and Kalbadevi, traffic flow is normal.

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On the other hand, at least five people were killed in separate rain-related incidents in Maharashtra's Palghar district, officials from district collectorate said.

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