3 Killed Due To Heavy Pre-Monsoon Rains In Mumbai, Flights Affected

| June 3 , 2018 , 09:04 IST

At least 3 people, including 2 children have been killed as heavy rains hit Mumbai on Saturday evening, causing water-logging, traffic jams and affecting flights. Thunderstorms and strong winds accompanied the rainfall in areas of Thane, Palghar, Raigad and Ratnagiri.

At the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, flight operations were hit with delays in arrivals and departures ad diversions of domestic, international and cargo flights, resulting in air traffic congestion on Saturday night.  

The deceased have been identified as 32-year-old Anil Yadav, 10-year-old Omkar Phadtare and 9-year-old Sara Khan and were killed due to electrocution.

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While Yadav and Khan died after coming into contact with an electric wire on a road in the Khindipada area of Bhandup West, Omkar Phadtare died from electric shock in Shivkripa Nagar area near the Bhandup railway station.

According to director in-charge, Regional Weather Forecasting Centre, Mumbai, Bishwombhar Singh, the rains are a part of pre-monsoon showers and affected other parts of Maharashtra as well.

"Monsoon is yet to arrive in the state. Pre-monsoon activities are currently seen in entire Maharashtra including Mumbai and Thane," he said.

Meanwhile, monsoon rains have already hit Kerala, 3 days ahead of the normal schedule.

"The southwest monsoon has set in over the southern state of Kerala, three days ahead of its normal date," the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a statement.

Thunderstorms and dust storms created havoc in northern India in May, leading to the death of more than 100 people.