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Mumbai rains : Orange alert in Three Maharashtra districts; Flights diverted

Mumbai, July 26: Massive water-logging, long traffic jams  and some flights were delayed while 17 were diverted due to low visibility as Mumbai witnessed heavy rainfall on Friday and the situation is set to worsen on Saturday with no respite from the heavy downpour all through the night.

Mumbai suburbs, Juhu Tara Road, Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road, several stretches of SV Road and parts of Western Express Highway were waterlogged, leading to traffic jams. Traffic jam on the Western Express Highway started before the toll plaza at Bandra and extended all the way up to Borivali, around 25 km away.

Commuters on Saturday will face problems due to waterlogging in several areas of the city and suburbs.

Mumbai Police tweeted, “City is expecting intermittent heavy showers all through the night. We request commuters to not venture in water logged areas&also request you all to maintain distance from the sea. Please tweet to us or call on 100 in any emergency/need of help.”

Nine flights have been diverted so far, Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) Public Relations Officer said. Visibility has also been fluctuating from time to time.

Flights at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport have been delayed by at least 30 minutes due to heavy rains since the last two hours.

The weather department also issued an orange alert signifying that the authorities should be ready to take necessary action.”Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely in Mumbai, Thane, and Raigad districts, while extremely heavy rainfall is likely at isolated places in Palghar district,” an IMD official said.

A Shiva idol installed on a hill in Arjuni Morgaon tehsil in Gondia district was  damaged by lightning, police said on Friday. The 15-feet-tall idol, made of Plaster of Paris and fiberglass, stands atop Pratapgarh hills. Preliminary inspection suggested that lightning have struck it.

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