Spicejet flight skids at Mumbai airport runway , stuck in mud

Spicejet flight skids at Mumbai airport runway , stuck in mud

"The main runway has been closed for operations and there are delays in arrival and departure of flights due to fluctuating weather", said a senior official at the Mumbai airport, adding at least 50 flights had been cancelled.

In the last 24 hours ending 0830 hrs, the Colaba observatory recorded 210 mm rainfall while Santacruz recorded 304 mm rainfall, according to the Mumbai-based Regional Meteorological Centre of the IMD. The main runway at the worldwide airport was closed, while a domestic Spice Jet flight that landed in the global airport on Tuesday night skidded, overshot the runway and got stuck in mud.

Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde posted a series of tweets saying that schools and colleges have been asked to remain closed as a precautionary measure.

Around 168 incidents of treefall have been reported from Mumbai city, out of which 60 are in the island city, 37 in the eastern suburbs and 71 in the western suburbs.

Mumbai city has recorded 210mm of rain so far with the suburbs receiving 303mm of rainfall.

"All passengers booked on Mumbai bound flights are being notified via SMS, calls, emails with revised schedule updates", the National Carrier IndiGo said.

Authorities in the remote Himalayan state of Sikkim said the six died when their home was swept away by a landside following a monsoon deluge. Although this weather has disrupted the flights.

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Schools and colleges have been shut for today in view of the heavy rainfall. It overshot runway on landing at Mumbai airport and got stuck in mud.

On Wednesday the warning was downgraded for Mumbai and surrounding areas, which can expect "only intermittent rains for next two days in few places".

The secondary runway at the airport is operational.

The trains services in Mumbai were also hit by the torrential rains.

Several parts of the financial capital, including South Mumbai, Kandivili, Borivali, Andheri and Bhandup, received heavy rainfall, according to reports.

Traffic movement has eased in most areas as the waterlogging has reduced significantly.

Railway services were also affected, with trains running late throughout the day.

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