New Delhi: Parts of the Indira Gandhi Airport (IGI) airport in New Delhi have been waterlogged following record rain in New Delhi, reports said on Saturday.
Authorities have issued an ‘orange alert’ as the monsoon rainfall in Delhi breached the 1,000 mm mark on Friday, the highest annual rainfall in 46 years.
Visuals shared by news agency ANI showed aircraft on the ground at the airport which is partially flooded.
— ANI (@ANI) September 11, 2021
The bad weather has affected flight operations at the airport, with airlines like IndiGo, SpiceJet requesting passengers to track their flight status before leaving for the airport, the reports said.
The “sudden heavy rain” led to waterlogging at the forecourt, the Delhi International Airport (DIAL) said on Twitter, adding that the issue “has been resolved”.
“Our team was immediately aligned to look into it and the issue has been resolved,” it tweeted.
#WeatherUpdate: Due to bad weather in Delhi (DEL), all departures/arrivals and their consequential flights may get affected. Passengers are requested to keep a check on their flight status via https://t.co/VkU7yLB2ny.
— SpiceJet (@flyspicejet) September 11, 2021
As many as five flights – four Delhi-bound domestic flights and one international flight – were diverted to neighboring cities due to heavy rainfall on Saturday, news agency ANI reported quoting airport officials.
They also said that three IndiGo flights which were scheduled to depart from Delhi were canceled due to bad weather.
11/09/2021: 12:10 IST; Thunderstorm with heavy to very heavy intensity rain would occur over and adjoining areas of few places of Delhi( Akshardham, Shahadra, Preet Vihar), NCR (Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Loni Dehat, Hindon AF, Indirapuram, Chapraula )
— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) September 11, 2021
Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department or IMD has predicted thunderstorms with heavy to very heavy intensity rain in Delhi and its adjoining areas.