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Mumbai rains updates: Airport's main runway likely to be operational by Thursday; DGCA issues safety circular for airlines

Mumbai rains LIVE updates: The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued an air safety circular for airlines in wake of the monsoon season. Meanwhile, the main runway of the Mumbai airport is likely to remain closed for flight operations till Thursday as it will take more time to remove the SpiceJet plane that was stuck partially on the runway on Monday.

FP Staff July 02, 2019 19:23:16 IST
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Mumbai rains updates: Airport's main runway likely to be operational by Thursday; DGCA issues safety circular for airlines
  • Incessant monsoon rains resulted in the loss of 21 lives in Mumbai's Malad area after an overnight downpour caused a wall to collapse

  • The BMC said six pumping stations discharged more than 14,000 million litres of water into the sea

  • Due to the rains, a SpiceJet aircraft also skidded and overshot the runway while landing in Mumbai

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14:26 (ist)

Western Railway to run special train between Dadar and Valsad

Western Railway will run a special train between Dadar and Valsad. The train will depart from Dadar at 6.25 pm and will have 23 coaches. It will halt at all stoppages of 59023 MMCT-Valsad fast passenger, railways informed.

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July 02, 2019 - 19:44 (IST)

The Central Railway has announced that several trains have been rescheduled, or cancelled or partially cancelled.

July 02, 2019 - 19:39 (IST)
Two die in rain-related incidents
 
A 45-year-old watchman died after the compound wall of a housing society collapsed on him following heavy rains in suburban Mulund, police said Tuesday.
 
The incident occurred late night on Monday in Madella Town society in Mulund (west). The watchman, identified as Gambhir Kari Singh, was rushed to hospital where he was declared dead before admission, a police official said.
 
Mumbai has been witnessing incessant rains since Sunday night.
 
In another rain-related incident, a 22-year-old man died after he suffered electric shock in the early hours of Tuesday outside his residence in suburban Vile Parle.
 
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Gopal Jha, an official added.
 
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July 02, 2019 - 19:09 (IST)

DGCA issues air safety circular for airlines in wake of monsoon season

July 02, 2019 - 18:59 (IST)
Mumbai airport's main runway likely to be operational by Thursday
 
In more woes for airlines, the main runway of the Mumbai airport is likely to remain closed for flight operations till Thursday as it will take more time to remove the SpiceJet plane that was stuck partially on the runway on Monday, according to officials.
 
A SpiceJet flight from Jaipur carrying 167 passengers and crew overshot the runway after landing amid heavy rains. The aircraft is stuck partially on the runway and the nearby grass area.
 
A team of engineers and technicians from Air India has started work to remove the stuck plane with the Disabled Aircraft Recovery Kit (DARK). "A 150-metre long ramp is being prepared to enable push the aircraft out of the grassy area. Air India's disable aircraft removal kit has been mobilised," an official of the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) said.
 
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July 02, 2019 - 18:22 (IST)

Current status of long distance trains leaving Mumbai

Information courtesy: Twitter/@Central Railway

July 02, 2019 - 18:15 (IST)

Mumbai records second highest rainfall in 45 years

Mumbai recorded the second highest rainfall in the last 45 years causing accidents that claimed the lives of 21 people in a wall collapse in Malad in the city with several areas of the city waterlogged and throwing traffic out of gear.

More rain is predicted between 3 and 5 July  with close to 200 mm or more rain expected per day, according to the IMD.

"Second highest rainfall in 45 years. Entire June month's average rainfall was recorded in just three days in Mumbai," Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said in a statement to the Maharashtra Assembly, according to a tweet put out by the CMO Maharashtra.

July 02, 2019 - 17:42 (IST)

21 dead in Malad wall collapse

According to ANI, 21 people have died so far and 78 injured in the Pimpripada incident where a wall collapsed on hutments due to heavy rainfall.

July 02, 2019 - 17:15 (IST)

BMC says over 14,000 million litres water pumped out into sea

Six pumping stations of BMC pumped out more than 14,000 million litres of water and discharged it into the sea. The volume is more than combined capacity of Tulsi and Vihar lake.

July 02, 2019 - 16:53 (IST)

Regular train services from CSMT to Thane, Mankhurd resumes

Central Railway said on Twitter that the regular up and down train services from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to Thane/Mankhurd have resumed. Other services on the line have been running since morning.

July 02, 2019 - 16:48 (IST)

BMC official says slums at Pimpripada are built on forest department land

News18 quoted Additional Municipal Commissioner Ashwini Joshi as saying that the BMC will inquire about the Malad wall collapse incident. "The slums were built illegally there. It was forest department land. We had told all our assistant commissioners to be on duty since 1 am," she was quoted as saying.

On the flooding in central line, she said, "There were high tides of about 4.92 metres at 11.30 am, that is why we couldn't pump out water on the central line. 53 flooding spots were identified last night (Monday)."

Mumbai rains LATEST updates: The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued an air safety circular for airlines in wake of the monsoon season. Meanwhile, the main runway of the Mumbai airport is likely to remain closed for flight operations till Thursday as it will take more time to remove the SpiceJet plane that was stuck partially on the runway on Monday.

Mumbai recorded the second highest rainfall in the last 45 years. Twenty one people have died so far and 78 injured in the Pimpripada incident where a wall collapsed on hutments due to heavy rainfall.

Six pumping stations of BMC pumped out more than 14,000 million litres of water and discharged it into the sea. The volume is more than combined capacity of Tulsi and Vihar lake.

The toll in the Malad wall collapse has reached 19. With rains subsiding in Mumbai, Skymet Weather vice-president Mahesh Palawat tweeted that there will be relief until Wednesday afternoon, but some spells of rain can be expected till then.

Western Railway will run a special train between Dadar and Valsad. The train will depart from Dadar at 6.25 pm and will have 23 coaches. It will halt at all stoppages of 59023 MMCT-Valsad fast passenger, railways informed.

Several localities in Mumbai’s suburbs received over or around 400 mm of rainfall in the 24 hours ending 8 am on Tuesday, according to reports. The Met Department’s rain gauges at their Colaba observatory and at Santacruz showed overall average rainfall received at 137.88 mm and 375.2 mm in 24 hours ending 8.30 am Tuesday. BMC's weather apparatus at the Dindoshi fire station recording 479.56 mm rain in 24 hours ending 8 am Tuesday.

Due to water coming near Sion Circle, buses from Parel bus depot have been diverted via Wadala. Reports have said that from Dadar bus stand 13 services have been run to Pune, out of which 10 were Shivneri buses. Due to heavy flooding at Nalasopara and Arnala in Palghar district, no buses have left the depots of the respective towns since morning. Meanwhile, two people were rescued by the fire brigade from a stranded car at Malad subway, Sainath Road around midnight on Monday.

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday met the families of the victims of the Malad wall collapse and also gave an update of the latest situation in Mumbai.

"There was heavy rainfall in Mumbai last night which led to accidents. In Malad, wall collapsed and at least 13 died, 30-40 (people were) injured. I met them. Local trains operational on Western line but yet to resume on Central line as there's more flooding there. Work on to pump out water," Fadnavis told ANI.

The chief minister said that the civic authorities along with the police are working round the clock to help the citizens.

"In the light of IMD's prediction, we had declared a holiday in schools and colleges last night and for offices in the morning. Police department and the disaster management under BMC are alert and helping people. Barring a few places, overall traffic has been under control," he said.

The chief minister added further, "High tide is expected at 12 noon, we'll monitor the situation. Last night Mumbai Police received 1,600-1,700 tweets from people, they received immediate help. BMC disaster management worked entire night. Heavy rainfall is expected in next two days. We are prepared for it."

In the last 24 hours, Santa Cruz has recorded 375 mm of rains which is the highest in a decade for July. The highest ever was in 2005 when the city recorded 944.2 mm rain in 24 hours, Skymet Weather reported.

Mumbai local trains are running without any disruption between Churchgate and Vasai stations, Western Railway tweeted.

Eighteen people have died in a wall collapse incident after the building fell on hutments in Pimpripada area of Malad East due to heavy rainfall today on Monday night.

The main runway at the Mumbai airport is closed till 2 pm, Indigo Airlines sources confirmed. However, the secondary runway is still functioning. Meanwhile, 54 flights have been diverted to other cities and 52 flights have been cancelled due to inclement weather.

Many sections of the Mumbai local trains have been shut down while services have been suspended on a few inter-state stations as well due to waterlogging at Nalasopara. Running schedule was affected on Harbour Line and Western Line and the Harbour Line is only functioning upto Bandra station.

Three people died and one got injured today at 1.30 am on Tuesday after a compound wall of the National Urdu School in Kalyan collapsed on an adjoining room due to heavy rain, The Times of India reported.

Incessant monsoon rains resulted in the loss of 13 lives and left 13 injured in Mumbai's Malad area after an overnight downpour caused a wall to collapse on Monday. The rains have wreaked havoc in Mumbai and its suburbs with rains continuing throughout Monday night and even in the early hours of Tuesday.

In a tweet, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, also known as Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, said, "In an extremely unfortunate incident, 13 people died in the retaining wall collapse of few hutments built on a hill slope in Kurar Village. Fire Brigade & NDRF had rushed to the spot."

According to ANI, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed grief over the incident.

"Pained to know about the loss of lives in Malad wall collapse incidence. My thoughts are with families who lost loved ones & prayers for speedy recovery of injured. Rs 5 lakh will be given to the kin of deceased," he said.

However, in some relief to the citizens, the BMC successfully managed to clear the waterlogging at Hindmata and the Andheri subway.

The fury of the rains has been such that the authorities were forced to declare a public holiday in Mumbai on Tuesday after IMD forecast of heavy rain.

The constant showers threw the local train schedule off gear as the railway authorities were forced to stop services as it might endanger lives of the commuters.

Among the worst affected stations on the Western line were Virar, Nallasopara and Palghar with the train tracks completely submerged due to the heavy shower.

In view of the crisis due to the rains, the BMC has activated its emergency numbers and appealed to the citizens to call for help when needed.

The indications of an extremely wet Tuesday were clear on Monday evening itself when the IMD warned of heavy rains.

Due to the rains, a SpiceJet aircraft also skidded and overshot the runway while landing in Mumbai.

"A SpiceJet flight SG6237, which was coming from Jaipur to Mumbai, skid and overshot the main runway at around 11.45 pm on Monday night. All the passengers are safe. The main runway has been temporarily closed," the DNA said in a report.

The incident led to many flights getting diverted and delayed.

Air Vistara offered to accommodate affected passengers in other flights or refund accordingly.

IndiGo Airlines also advised its passengers in Mumbai to check the statues of their flights in Mumbai.

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