As Malad-Malwani floods, Nevada Putman Foundation comes to the rescue of residents

Even as the entire city is reeling under a barrage of heavy rains, several parts of Mumbai suburbs experienced very heavy rainfall and flooding. The suburbs of Malad and adjoining areas of Malwani, Mith Chowky and parts of Orlem and Kachpada were flooded with dirty drainage water entering many shops and homes, including slums.

Nevada Putman, president of Nevada Putman Foundation

Social worker Nevada Putman through his association Nevada Putman Foundation (NPF) came to the aid of several stranded citizens in the area.

Volunteers from Nevada Putman Foundation were seen helping stranded passengers and residents near Malad Station as well as at Mith Chowky. “We have provided help to over 200 stranded passengers and travellers who were stuck in the area due to stoppage of trains,” said one volunteer.

The Santa Cruz Observatory recorded very heft rains to the tune of 304 mm which is the highest rainfall ever recorded in the last ten years in the month of September. On the other hand, the Colaba Observatory too witnessed 210 mm of torrential showers.

Heavy rains pounded Mumbai and suburbs for the second day today, disrupting flight operations at the Mumbai airport and delaying suburban train services in the financial capital.

According to an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) disaster management cell, no untoward incident was reported after the incessant Mumbai rains.

“Several parts of the metropolis, including South Mumbai, Borivali, Kandivili, Andheri and Bhandup, received heavy rainfall. However, no untoward incident has been reported so far from any part of the city,” he said.


Rainfall levels
From 8.30 am yesterday to 5.30 am today, the Colaba observatory recorded 210 mm rain, while the Santacruz observatory recorded 303.7 mm rain in the period, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). Fishermen have been warned against venturing into the deep sea because of heavy Mumbai rains, an IMD official said.

An IMD official said that the Santacruz observatory recorded 225.3 mm rain from 8.30 am to 11.30 pm last night. This quantity falls under the weather category of ‘extremely heavy rain’ (204.5 mm and above), he said. The observatory recorded over 100 mm in just three hours (5.30-8.30pm), the official added. Mumbai recorded its second highest September rain in a span of 12 hours yesterday, BMC officials said. The rainfall recorded at BMC’s automatic weather stations between 8 am and 10 pm included Nariman Point (88mm), Worli (110mm), Chembur (112mm), Mulund (94mm), Andheri (208mm), Bandra (128mm) and Borivli (204mm).

SpiceJet incident
The skidding of a SpiceJet aircraft on the main runway (09/27) last night because of Mumbai rains compounded the problem further as it forced the private airport operator to shift operations to the secondary runway, which can carry out limited operations.

The SpiceJet Boeing 737 aircraft carrying 183 people overshot a wet runway while landing at the airport due to Mumbai rains and got stuck in the mud, officials said yesterday, adding that all passengers were safely evacuated.

Air Traffic
Flight operations at the Mumbai airport were affected due to heavy Mumbai rains and low visibility.

As many as 56 flights were diverted to different airports till this morning as the main runway continued to be out of use due to the SpiceJet aircraft stuck there, an airport official said.

Six international flights have been diverted from Mumbai to Delhi as the main runway at Mumbai airport is closed.

The main runway at the Mumbai airport is unlikely to be functional before this evening as the SpiceJet aircraft remained stuck on it. The Mumbai airport operator has been given NOTAM (notice to airmen) for the main runway till 2 pm, which means the flight operations cannot be carried out on it till that time, a senior official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said today. The clearing of the main runway may take a longer time than expected and the operations there are unlikely to resume before evening, the official said. Following the downpour, several airlines issued travel advisories to passengers. The Mumbai airport, the country’s second busiest airport, handles 930 flights per day with an average of 48 movements per hour.

Only the runway No. 14 and 32 of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport are operational for now.