Roads, air traffic disrupted
Heavy rains lashed many parts of the capital on Saturday. The record-breaking 46-year-old rains caused a huge amount of water to accumulate. This affected flights at Delhi Airport. Traffic on major roads was disrupted and passengers were stranded in flood-prone subways.
Delhiites woke up on Saturday morning amid thunderstorms and lightning. According to the observatory, 117.9 mm of rain was recorded in the city between 5.30 am and 2.30 pm. Earlier this month, the city received 112.1 mm of rainfall on September 1 and 11.7 mm on September 2.
As many as 262 complaints of water logging in the city were lodged with the Public Works Department and local bodies till 1.30 pm on Saturday. An old building in the Narela area, which was declared dangerous, collapsed due to rain, but no one was injured.
Due to waterlogging in the Delhi airport area, two SpiceJet and one Indigo and Go First domestic flights were diverted to Jaipur; The Emirates flight from Dubai to Delhi was diverted to Ahmedabad, sources said. However, the area was flooded for some time. The flight started from 9 am, said Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL) said.
Memories of 1975
The monsoon season in Delhi this year has been unusual with 1,100 mm of rainfall so far. This is the highest rainfall in the last 46 years. The Safdarjung Observatory, which officially registers for the city, recorded 1150 mm of rainfall in the 1975 monsoon. This year, 1,100 mm of rainfall has already been recorded and the monsoon season is not over yet, a meteorological official said.