Thunderstorm hits air, rail traffic in Mumbai

Mumbai and surroundings areas of Navi Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan and Dombivali experienced a thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds affecting rail, road and air traffic on Monday.

It started raining in many parts of the city after 8.30 p.m. though IMD termed the downpour as not monsoons but rains due to cyclonic activity.

Mumbaikar’s took to social media putting up videos and posts of heavy rain accompanied by thundershowers and lightning from across the city. They also reported waterlogging in Malad’s Link Road, Mith Chowky, and S.V. Road in Andheri.

The weather affected operations at the airport too. “No flights have landed at the airport since 9.50 p.m.,” said a Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd. spokesperson. A United Air flight from Newark scheduled to land in Mumbai was diverted to Delhi. All other incoming flights were put on a holding pattern and were circling Mumbai. Landings resumed at 10.45 p.m. with an Indigo flight from Hyderabad being the first to touch down.

The stormy weather threw suburban railway out of gear too. On the Harbour line, the over head equipment tripped between Bandra and Mahim affecting services on the slow line of Western Railway for around 15 minutes.

On the Central Line, the OHE tripped at Diva leading to a complete blackout. Services on the Central Line were delayed by around 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, a 20-year-old man was rescued by lifeguards at Girgaum Chowpatty on Monday evening. The man, identified as Vishal Bhogavale was spotted drowning about 100 feet away from the seashore. Alert lifeguards jumped to his rescue and after which he was shifted to BYL Nair Hospital. “The patient was brought in at around 8 p.m. and was administered nasal oxygen and first aid. He is now stable and conscious,” a resident doctor on-call at the hospital said.

Between 10pm and 11pm, both eastern and western suburbs reported heavy rainfall. The rainfall recorded at Malvani was 50 mm followed by Malad (44), Kandivali (49), Andheri West (41), Goregaon (37), Mulund (31)

Two children died of electrocution in Mumbai’s Kandivali area. The incident happened around 10.50 pm in Poisar’s Vimladevi Chawl. Fire brigade, police turned up at the spot and two children identified as Tushar Jha (11) and Rushabh Tiwari (10) were rescued. They were moved to Shatabdi Hospital where they were declared dead.


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