Flights disrupted as rain floods Port Blair airport

May 10th, 2008 - 7:21 pm ICT by admin  

Chennai, May 10 (IANS) Nearly 207 millimetres of rainfall in the early hours of Saturday flooded the Port Blair airport in Andaman and Nicober Islands, disrupting flights in and out of the terminal. Two flights, one of Air Deccan and the other of Air India, scheduled to fly to Chennai, could not take off, airport sources said.

Three flights from Kolkata, of Air India, Air Deccan and Jet Airways, could not land in the airport.

The airport flooded after heavy rains all through Friday night and early Saturday. The ground floor of the terminal building was submerged in one-and-a-half feet of water. “Water gushed in at about 6.20 a.m.,” Port Blair airport controller R. De Cruz said.

“Water has just started receding,” the official confirmed in the afternoon, saying the power plant at the airport was shut down. “We hope to restore normalcy by evening,” he added.

The passengers of various flights who could not take off from the island have been moved to hotels.

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