Delhi: Heavy rains, thunderstorm cause power blackout; flight operations affected
Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds caused power blackouts in several parts of Delhi on Monday morning. The storm uprooted trees in some areas and also affected flight operations at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport. Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said thundershower with moderate rainfall will continue over Delhi and the National Capital Region for "the next two hours."
As the storm affected operations at Delhi's IGI Airport, the authorities have requested passengers to contact their concerned airlines for updated flight status before heading to the airport. "Due to bad weather, flight operations at Delhi airport are affected. Passengers are requested to get in touch with the airline concerned for updated flight information," Delhi Airport said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, airlines such as IndiGo and SpiceJet have also informed passengers that due to bad weather, departure and arrivals at the IGI Airport were impacted. "Keep enough travel time in hand while traveling to the airport," IndiGo said in a tweet.
To recall, the IMD on Sunday issued an "orange warning" for the Delhi-NCR region, saying the region might witness light rain accompanied by squalls at the speed of 50-60km/h on Monday under the influence of a western disturbance. It also predicted vulnerable structures, kutcha houses, traffic, and visibility would be affected while also advising people to stay indoors and avoid travel if possible.
Thundershower with moderate intensity rain and gusty winds with speed of 60-90 Km/h would continue to occur over and adjoining areas of entire Delhi and NCR ( Loni Dehat, Hindon AF Station, Bahadurgarh, Ghaziabad, Indirapuram, Chhapraula, Noida, Dadri, Greater Noida, Gurugram,— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) May 23, 2022