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Incessant rains hit air traffic in Mumbai, 6 flights diverted

Jun 17, 2013 10:03 AM IST India India

Mumbai: Heavy rains have brought life to a standstill in Mumbai and parts of Maharashtra. Two people died in rain related incidents on Sunday while flooding was reported from Lonavala and Khed in the Ratnagiri district.

The monsoon has also hit flights to Mumbai. Six flights have been diverted overnight due to bad weather including an international flight. More rain has been forecast for Monday.

Trains were also rescheduled on Sunday. The Met department has predicted extremely heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours and the BMC has issued an advisory that Mumbaikars should try and remain indoors.

With six more high tides to go, the BMC certainly needs to buck up to avoid the same monsoon narrative.

However, monsoon has got off to a great start in entire Maharashtra this year. Most parts of the state have received good rainfall in the early days of the 16-week-long monsoon season this year which got underway in the past 10 days.

According to the data provided by India Meteorological Department (IMD) at Pune, a small coastal tourist resort town of Murud, famous for the Janjira sea fort, notched a staggering 24 cm rain in the past 24 hours, making it the heaviest rainfall in the state.

(With additional information from IANS)