Heavy downpour in Delhi; waterlogging hits road, air transport

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The capital city Delhi witnessed water logging due to incessant rains since morning on Saturday, which led to disruption of vehicular transport as well as air transport in the city.

Visuals of the Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport that went viral on social media show the submerged terminal that led to delays in flights.

The waterlogging in the parts of the capital city drew criticism for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led government in the Union Territory as the spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Delhi unit was seen in a boat on a waterlogged road, mocking the UT government for lack of developed roads.

The Meteorological Department had warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, East Rajasthan, West Madhya Pradesh, Konkan, Maharashtra.

This is the first time since 2010 that monsoon rainfall in Delhi breached the 1,000 mm mark, the highest rainfall in the national capital in the last 11 years, as per the reports.

The short and heavy spell of rain will continue to lash Delhi and its adjoining areas on Saturday, the weather department has predicted. From tomorrow onwards, there will be a gradual reduction while rainfall will continue in western Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.

An official handle of the Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi tweeted that “due to heavy downpour passengers encountered waterlogging for a short while. The on-ground team was immediately mobilized and the operations are back to normal since 9 am.”

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