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Heavy rains batter Mumbai, schools closed, trains, flights affected

The second highest 24-hour September rainfall left vast areas of Mumbai under water on Wednesday, affecting suburban train services and flights and forcing authorities to shut down educational institutions for a day in the country's financial capital.

As many as 183 passengers had a narrow escape when a SpiceJet flight overshot a wet runway while landing at the Mumbai airport and got stuck in mud on Tuesday night, officials said. The passengers were safely evacuated but more than 50 flights had to be diverted as a result of the accident.

The latest flooding comes less than a month after the city of 20 million people was pummelled by unusually high rainfall that killed several people and brought the metropolis to its knees for at least two days.

Between 8.30am Tuesday and 8.30am Wednesday, the Santacruz weather station, representative of Mumbai and its suburbs, recorded 303.7mm, and Colaba, representative of south Mumbai, recorded 210mm rain, the highest for south Mumbai this monsoon.

The city was just 14.5mm short of the all-time high 24-hour September rainfall of 318.2mm recorded on September 12, 1981. On September 4, 2012, the city received 185.3mm.

Mumbai's average rainfall for September is 312.3mm, which was surpassed over the past 24 hours.

Met officials said the city has recorded 536.4mm in September. The total rainfall this season is at 2879.5mm as against the annual average of 2258mm.