On 11th September, as Delhi records heavy rainfalls, parts of Indira Gandhi International Airport witnessed waterlogging which affected the flight’s timings. Though the water has now drained out.
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Operations have been back to normal: Delhi airport
In the videos of the airport scenes shared on Twitter, rainwater could be seen indoors of the terminal, causing inconvenience to travelers.
In a tweet, the Delhi Airport said, “Due to sudden heavy rain, for a short period, there was waterlogging at the forecourt. Our team was immediately aligned to look into it and the issue has been resolved.” “Operations have been back to normal since 9 am” the DIAL mentioned.
Flights affected due to bad conditions of weather
Due to the waterlogging, flights traveling to and from Delhi have been affected. And flight departures and arrivals timings have been changed.
According to sources cited by Business Standard, in the morning five flights were diverted from the airport due to this. The sources also mentioned four domestic flights — two of SpiceJet, one GoFirst, and another Indigo were diverted to Jaipur. International flight –from Dubai to Delhi (Emirates) — was diverted to Ahmedabad.
Waterlogging seen in many parts of the capital
Waterlogging has also been reported from several parts like Moti Bagh and RK Puram. Several other areas in the city including Madhu Vihar, Som Vihar, Ring Road near IP Station, Hari Nagar, Rohtak Road, Badarpur, Vikas Marg, Pul Prahladpur Underpass, Munirka, Rajpur Khurd, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Sangam Vihar, Nangloi, and Kirari also witnessed waterlogging.
People are sharing pictures and videos of waterlogged streets of Delhi’s different places on social media. A video showed waterlogged streets in Madhu Vihar, where some DTC cluster buses are standing in the water.
Highest rainfall in 46 years: IMD
According to department officials, Delhi has received 97 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours which is the highest in 46 years.
In this season Delhi has recorded more than 1,000 mm of rainfall till now. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials, for the monsoon season, the highest amount of rainfall was recorded in 2003 at Safdarjung observatory which is 1,050 mm.
“The Safdarjung Observatory, which is considered the official marker for the city, had gauged 1,150 mm of rainfall in the 1975 monsoon season. This year, the precipitation has already hit the 1,100-mm mark and the season has not ended yet,” an IMD official said. It is the highest in 46 years, and almost double the precipitation recorded last year, IMD said. According to the IMD, usually during the monsoon season, Delhi records 648.9 mm of rainfall.