Seventeen flights were diverted and many delayed by up to an hour in Mumbai on Friday evening due to heavy rain and low visibility. There was massive waterlogging and traffic jams across the city, with no respite from the heavy downpour. The intensity of the rain will only start decreasing from Saturday afternoon or evening, private weather forecaster Skymet has predicted.
Flights from the international airport in the city have been delayed by 30 minutes on an average due to heavy rain.
Along with peak hour traffic, Western Express Highway was badly affected due to the rain with those heading to airport worst affected. On a normal day, the traffic crawls and the rain during peak hour made it worse.
In 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.
Waterlogging was also reported outside the domestic airport departure gate leading to hassles for passengers who managed to reach the airport after being stuck in traffic jams for two-and-half hours on the Western Express Highway.