Dust storm, first rain of season in Mumbai, airport operations affected

Mumbai Cyclone: ​​Sudden change in weather brought traffic to a standstill.

Mumbai received its first rain of the season, accompanied by a massive dust storm that darkened the sky around 3 pm today. The rain brought relief to residents of Mumbai and adjoining areas from the heat, but dusty winds battered the metropolitan skyline.

The sudden change in weather brought traffic to a standstill as commuters took shelter during the storm.

Ghatkopar, Bandra Kurla, Dharavi area of ​​Mumbai witnessed strong winds and rain. Landing and take-off operations at the Mumbai airport, one of the country's busiest, were temporarily suspended, officials said. Operations resumed at 5:03 p.m. and saw 15 flights diverted during the storm, the airport authority said in an update. Mumbai Airport successfully completed its pre-monsoon runway maintenance last week, ensuring safe and smooth operation of aircraft.

A 100-feet tall billboard uprooted and fell on a petrol pump at Chedna Nagar Junction in Mumbai's Ghat Kopar, trapping vehicles and people. Some people are heard saying “they died…they died”. No casualties have been reported yet, but rescue operations are underway.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been called in to rescue the stranded people. Three people died and 67 were rescued from the scene.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Mumbai has issued an “now warning” forecasting thundershowers and moderate to heavy rain over Thane, Palghar and Mumbai.

In an update, the Meteorological Department has said that thundershowers with thundershowers and gusty winds of 50-60 kmph will occur at isolated places over Palghar and Thane districts during the next 3-3 days. It is likely to come. 4 hours.

Metro services between Aarey and Andheri East Metro stations were suspended after the banner fell on the overhead wire due to strong winds, a Metro Rail spokesperson said.

Suburban services on the Central Railway were affected after an overhead equipment pole between Thane and Mulund stations bent due to strong winds, an official said.

Due to strong winds, trees fell in many areas. A tree fell on a busy road in Aroli Sector 5 area in Mumbai's neighboring Navi Mumbai. No one was injured but traffic came to a standstill and commuters parked their vehicles at a safe distance as strong winds blew through the city.

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