Mumbai, the financial and commercial capital of India, may be experiencing its worst deluge since 2005, with heavy rains leaving container port and air freight operations at a standstill.
The downpour, which started yesterday morning, has hit flight schedules to and from Mumbai, leaving many aircraft stranded.
The heavy rain is forecast to continue for the next 48 hours, which means freight operations will be disrupted until Thursday at the earliest.
Our colleagues in Mumbai have confirmed that all shipments ex Mumbai have come to a standstill.
The situation is not yet severe enough for us to trigger contingency planning, to protect our clients supply chains.
Our colleagues in Mumbai are monitoring the situation closely and updating us regularly, which means we will be ready to react swiftly if the situation changes.
In the 2005 floods, 1094 people died when many parts of Maharashtra flooded, including parts of Mumbai.
Although over 100mm of rain have fallen in just a few hours, the authorities do not foresee any repeat of those dreadful floods. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said the situation was well under control and senior civic officials were keeping a close watch on the situation.
Due to water logging on tracks & point failure at Bandra following very heavy rains, 3 lines except UP Fast line are affected. The Western Railway tweeted.
Meteorologists state that currently there are two weather systems active and bringing significant rainfall. “There is an upper air circulation over South Rajasthan and neighbourhood owing to which there is cloudiness over the West Coast. There is also a low pressure area over South East of Odisha and it’s neighbourhood.
Both these systems are acting together indicating lot of rainfall activity. Further enhancement in the rainfall activity is expected for the next 48-72 hours.