All other flights to and from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai are running as per schedule.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has cancelled a total of 6 flights to eastern India to avert the fury of Cyclone Yass. As per reports, the 'very severe cyclonic storm' made a landfall in Odisha at 9:15 AM on Wednesday, bringing heavy rains and ferocious winds in its wake. Consequently, the airport authorities have cancelled 3 inbound and 3 outgoing flights between Mumbai, Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata today.
Mumbai International Airport takes precautions against Cyclone Yaas
The CSMIA Authorities have highlighted that besides these services, all other flights via the Mumbai Airport have being operated as per schedules. However, all passengers have been requested to reconfirm schedules with their respective airlines before making travel plans. Not a week ago, this international airport had suspended all operations due to the threatening rage of Cyclone Tauktae along India's western coast. Around 7 flights were diverted during the closure.
Yaas rage adds trouble during the COVID outbreak
The very severe, Cyclone Yaas made landfall and is raging havoc at the speed of 130 to 155 kmph. It is expected to cross the northern Odisha-West Bengal coasts and south Balasore while lashing the regions over the next few hours.
The Yaas storm is the second cyclonic activity to hit the Indian landmass in a week, after the disastrous spell of Cyclone Tauktae claimed over 150 lives along the western coast of India. These natural calamities have mounted troubles for the nation amid the widescale spread of the coronavirus disaster.
While 1,200 rescue shelters have been prepared in line with COVID protocols, officials fear that it will difficult to maintain the norms of social distancing as millions of people need to be evacuated from vulnerable coastal regions.