Delhi faces highest rainfall in 46 years, maroons airport and several parts of the city

Heavy downpour in Delhi since Saturday morning has caused waterlogging in several parts of the city including the terminal three of the airport while India Meteorological Department (IMD) says the rain may continue till Sunday morning.

At 11.33 am, the Delhi airport authorities apologised for the inconvenience caused to the passengers and said that the water had reached the forecourt of Terminal 3 for a “short period

“Our team was immediately aligned to look into it and the issue has been resolved,” the official Twitter account of the Delhi airport said.

An IMD forecast on Saturday afternoon mentioned, “It [the rainfall] will cover Delhi-NCR, Punjab, and Rajasthan.”

An IMD senior official RK Jenamani told the media, “Systems over east Rajasthan and another forming over the Bay of Bengal are likely to intensify further. Delhi will receive fresh spell of rain from September 17-18.”

The India Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert for Delhi and adjoining areas such as Bahadurgarh, Gurugram, Manesar, Faridabad, Ballabhgarh, Loni Dehat, Hindon Air Force Station, Ghaziabad, Chhapraula, Noida, Dadri, and Greater Noida that indicates that authorities should be prepared to take action in case of inclement weather.

The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides rainfall data for the national Capital, said that Delhi has received 1,100 mm of rainfall this season, making the 2021 monsoon the wettest season in 46 years.

This is the highest amount of rain that has been recorded since the monsoon season in 1975, when the city recorded 1,150 mm of rainfall, a weather department official said.

“This year, the precipitation has already hit the 1,100-mm mark and the season has not ended yet,” the official added.

The Safdarjung Observatory said that Delhi recorded 10.2 mm of rainfall between 5.30 pm and 8.30 pm on Friday.

The rain has caused major traffic disruptions and severe flooding in low-lying areas of the city, the India Meteorological Department said. The roads in Delhi’s Motibagh, Jorbagh, Madhu Vihar, and RK Pooram areas were inundated.

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