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Cyclone Tauktae: Bandra-Worli sea link now open for commute

On Monday, flight operations at Mumbai airport remained suspended for 11 hours. More than 55 flights, both incoming and outbound, were cancelled during the time the airport remained shut.

Cyclone Tauktae: Bandra-Worli sea link now open for commute
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On Tuesday, May 18, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced that the Bandra-Worli sea link has is now open for the commute.

"Dear Mumbaikars, Bandra-Worli sea link is now open to commute," a tweet from the BMC said.

It was closed for a day on Monday, May 17, in the wake of Cyclone Tauktae, which wreaked havoc in coastal districts of Maharashtra. In view of the strong winds and warnings issued by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) people were asked to take alternate routes.

Even though the commuters can use the Bandra-Worli sea link, the civic body mentioned that the facility right now, is open only for essentials.

Moreover, the BMC has advised citizens to not leave homes unless emergency. This comes after a user tweeted, saying “let’s go for a ride”. To which, the municipal corporation replied: “Only if you like having the law for company. Else stay home in the comfort and company of your family unless it’s urgent or essential to drive out.”

Meanwhile, water-logging occurred at 13 locations in Mumbai and at seven spots in the western suburbs, according to the BMC. In addition, flight operations at Mumbai airport remained suspended for 11 hours before resuming on Monday night. More than 55 flights, both incoming and outbound, were cancelled during the time the airport remained shut.

The cyclone which was categorised as "extremely severe" weakened to a "very severe" storm after making landfall, the Indian Meteorological Department said.

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