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Delhi-NCR Rain: Roads Flooded, Traffic Disrupted and Terminal Roof Collapses

Delhi-NCR experienced heavy rainfall for the second consecutive day leading to waterlogging and traffic disruptions. Major roads were submerged, cars were seen underwater and traffic crawled to a standstill in several parts of the city. Safdarjung Observatory recorded 154 mm of rainfall over the past two days.

Delhi-NCR Rain: Roads Flooded, Traffic Disrupted and Terminal Roof Collapses

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The rains brought relief from the heatwave with temperatures dropping to 35.4°C. The southwest monsoon is expected to arrive in Delhi within the next 2-3 days.

The IMD has issued an orange alert for Delhi predicting continued heavy rainfall. The roof of Terminal 1 at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport collapsed due to the heavy rain resulting in one death and several injuries.

Heavy rainfall is predicted in various regions including Rajasthan Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka in the coming days.

For the second day in a row, Delhi and the surrounding National Capital Region (NCR) have been battered by heavy rains.

The downpour has led to waterlogging in various parts of the city causing inconvenience to residents. Visual evidence from news agency ANI showed major roads flooded with vehicles including cars and bikes submerged.

According to data from the Safdarjung Observatory, which serves as Delhi’s primary weather station, the city recorded 154 mm of rain between the previous day and the morning of June 28.

This rainfall has led to a drop in temperature providing much-needed relief from the heatwave that the region has been experiencing.

The maximum temperature on the previous day was recorded at 35.4 degrees Celsius, a decrease from the scorching highs that had characterized the earlier part of the month.

The IMD has also forecasted continued showers in the adjoining areas of NCR. They anticipate that conditions will remain favorable for the advance of the southwest monsoon into the region over the next 2-3 days.

A tragic consequence of the heavy rains was the collapse of a portion of the roof at Terminal 1 of Indira Gandhi International Airport.

The incident resulted in the death of one person and injuring six others. The collapse affected the terminal’s domestic departure area and has led to a temporary suspension of all flight operations from this terminal.

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Authorities are conducting rescue operations and providing medical aid to those affected. The heavy rainfall, which amounted to approximately 148.5 mm over three hours.

The IMD has predicted rainfall across various parts of India including East Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Haryana over the next few days. Coastal regions such as Karnataka are also expected to experience extremely heavy rainfall.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has announced the temporary closure of entry and exit points at the Yashobhoomi Dwarka Sector – 25 Metro station.

Shuttle services from the Delhi Aerocity Metro station to Terminal 1 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport have also been suspended.

A huge portion of the canopy at Delhi Airport’s Terminal 1 collapsed early on Friday morning due to the heavy rain.

The incident resulted in one fatality and several injuries. Four vehicles were damaged in the collapse, and eight individuals sustained minor injuries and were given immediate medical assistance.

The injured were later transferred to hospitals for further treatment. The Civil Aviation Minister has initiated an investigation into the incident and formed a committee to examine the structural integrity of the terminal.

The Delhi government has convened an emergency meeting to assess the situation and plan immediate remedial measures.

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The meeting was attended by all Cabinet ministers and top officials to coordinate efforts to tackle the impact of the heavy rains and address the waterlogging that has crippled parts of the city.

Waterlogging has been reported across various parts of Delhi and NCR, causing disruptions in traffic and daily life.

Areas like Connaught Place, ITO and Rajghat have experienced knee-deep water forcing authorities to deploy pumps to drain out the water.

Residents have had to wade through waterlogged streets and videos circulating on social media depict people navigating knee-deep water in several areas including Noida and Sector 78.

An under-construction wall collapsed in Vasant Vihar leading to fears that several construction workers might be trapped in the mud slush.

Rescue teams including personnel from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and local civic agencies are working on the ground to locate and rescue the trapped individuals.

Divers and firemen are conducting thorough searches to ensure all trapped workers are safely extracted.

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge blamed the Modi government for “corruption and criminal negligence,” which he claimed led to infrastructure failures including the airport incident.

RJD MP Misa Bharti also called for an investigation urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the airport authorities to address the issue.

The IMD has confirmed that the monsoon has now fully covered Delhi and parts of northwest India, bringing much-needed relief from the heatwave but also causing severe flooding and disruptions. \

The Safdarjung observatory, which represents Delhi’s weather recorded 228.1 mm of rainfall in 24 hours, it as one of the wettest single-day spells in June since 1936.

Due to the damage at Terminal 1, all flights have been redirected to Terminals 2 and 3. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered a thorough inspection of the terminal’s structure to prevent further incidents.

Operations at Terminal 1 are expected to resume once safety assessments are complete and necessary repairs have been made.

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