Sixteen people were killed as heavy rain pounded Mumbai and its surrounding areas overnight, flooding the airport and paralysing local trains, the lifeline of India’s commercial capital. The city received the heaviest rain over a 24-hour period in a decade. The weather office has sounded a red alert for Mumbai today, warning of more rain. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was seen monitoring the situation from the Mumbai civic body’s control room.
The Indian Navy has deployed several teams to assist the civic body to help people stranded in flooded areas.
Several suburban and long-distance trains have been cancelled after railway tracks were flooded. 52 flights have been cancelled and 54 diverted because a SpiceJet plane that skidded last night while landing in rain has forced a shutdown of the main runway at the airport.
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