Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among hundreds of passengers stranded as Delhi airport gets flooded thanks to overnight rains.
Pre-Monsoon showers – owing to the combination of moisture laden winds from Gujarat and Easterly winds from Bay of Bengal – turned out to be havoc, despite bringing down temperatures in New Delhi and other areas in the North.
In Delhi, while the thunderstorm left behind a trail of destruction including a few deaths (a toddler was also killed when a roof collapsed in Delhi succumbing to overnight rain). Several roads are blocked and even though the morning turned out to be pleasant, it became a nightmare to reach the place of work with damaged roads all over for Delhiites.
The airport was flooded and several flights were either postponed or cancelled. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi was stranded at Jaipur airport for more than an hour. Airport officials revealed that around 40 Delhi-bound flights were diverted till 2 am. The unforeseen circumstance led to several passengers getting stranded. Nearly 300 passengers on board a United Airlines flight from Newark to Delhi spent the night inside the plane when it was diverted to Mumbai. In fact, the departure lounge at the smaller airport of Amritsar was flooded, and many small aircrafts were damaged.
According to the MeT officials, thunderstorm accompanied by squall is likely in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu in the next 24 hours.