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03 Jul 2019 | 01:50 AM UTC

India: Significant disruptions continue in Mumbai July 3 /update 1

India News Alert

Mumbai continues to experience significant transportation and commercial disruptions as of July 3 due to ongoing heavy rains; at least 35 people killed in Maharashtra state

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/3/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/6/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Mumbai, Maharashtra, Mumbai International Airport (BOM)

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Event

Heavy rains continue to impact Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra state as of the morning (local time) of Wednesday, July 3, causing significant transportation and commercial disruptions. Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) has been experiencing flight delays and cancelations since Monday, July 1, after a plane was partially stuck on the main runway. According to BOM officials, the secondary runway is being used and the main runway may not be operation until Thursday, July 4. At least 203 flights were canceled and another 55 were diverted on Tuesday. Further delays and cancelations are likely in the coming days. Regional and long-distance train service has also been disrupted in Mumbai, with some service either being suspended or terminated prior to reaching the final destination. Roads throughout Mumbai and Maharashtra state have been damaged or waterlogged, causing significant traffic jams and stranding travelers. According to media reports, power companies have also cut supplies to areas of Mumbai as a precautionary measure to prevent residents from being electrocuted.

As of Wednesday morning, at least 35 people have been killed in rain-related incidents. At least 21 people died and another 78 were injured after a wall collapsed in the Malad area of Mumbai on Tuesday. Another 14 people have also been killed in other parts of Maharashtra state including Vile Parle, Mulund, Pune, and Buldhana district. Further fatalities and weather-related injuries are possible in the coming hours and days. Additional heavy rainfall is forecast in the region through at least Friday, July 5. Transportation and commercial disruptions are expected to continue in the coming days.

Advice

Individuals in Mumbai are advised to monitor local weather reports, obey all instructions issued by the local authorities, anticipate transportation disruptions, including road closures and damaged infrastructure, and remember that walking or driving through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult.

Travelers flying to or from BOM are advised to confirm flight reservations prior to leaving for the airport.

 

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