Heavy rain disrupts flights in Delhi

A TV grab shows workers removing water from IGI airport’s T3 terminal, in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI

According to the Airport Met department, airport witnessed 117 mm of unprecedented rain between 1435 and 1540 hours.

“It was a cloudburst-like situation. Since 1959, this was the highest rainfall recorded at the IGI airport,” said R K Jenamani, director Airport Met department.

Poor visibility

The intensity of rain was such that the visibility at runway dropped to 250 metres. This led to diversion of one flight while a few were asked to hover over Delhi airspace by the ATC, airport sources said.

However, since it was not the peak hour, many flights were not affected, they said adding rain also disrupted the services of Airport Metro Express line.

Though the rain cooled the city, Delhiites had a harrowing time due to traffic snarls at various stretches of arterial roads.

According to the Delhi Traffic Police, there were reports of traffic being affected at Rail Bhavan near Parliament, Rafi Marg and the ITO crossing in central Delhi, Mayapuri chowk, Naraina road and Dhaula Kuan in west Delhi, Vikas Marg in east Delhi and Kalindi Kunj and Malviya Nagar in south Delhi and the Noida DND flyway.

Water-logging was reported from several areas like Patparganj, Lala Lajpat Rai road, ITO, Chandni Chowk, Prahladpur, Keshav Chowk, Maharani Bagh, Dwarka and Lajpat Nagar.

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