Mumbai Supply Chains Still Tangled after Worst Rain for a Decade

Flood waters in Mumbai are reportedly receding, but delays plague the airport and sea terminals as another global supply chain hub succumbs to incremental weather. Reporting its heaviest rainfall in more than a decade, India’s second-largest city joins Hong Kong and Houston, both hit by severe storms in the last week.

Despite Mumbai’s floods receding, a combination of heavy rain and the declaration of a public holiday led GAC India to impose a skeleton staff for port and customs operations. As a result, the company said, there were delays in import and export clearance, further hampered by EDI system servers nationwide going down five days ago (the servers were expected to be up and running as of yesterday).

Cargo operations around the Port Lighterage area remain suspended and the container terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port was affected for more than three hours on Tuesday.

While Mumbai International Airport had reported multiple cancellations and delays, it remains operational but has advised customers to contact their carriers for updates.

Facilities at both the port and airport are in knee-high water. One source said there was no news on when things would return to normal, but expected it to be at least 10 days after the rain stops.