Rains disrupt Delhi flights, damage portion of terminal (Second Lead)

August 22nd, 2009 - 12:42 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) At least 20 flights were delayed and 10 diverted in the national capital Friday evening following gale and torrential rains that also flooded and damaged a portion of the new domestic terminal building.
“Heavy downpour resulted in some water entering into the domestic terminal building 1D. The maintenance team is working on war footing to clear the water and restore the displaced sheets,” the Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), the developer of the IGI airport, said in a statement.

An airport official said no one was injured when a portion of the new terminal building roof collapsed.

The government has taken a serious note of the terminal flooding and a report has been sought from DIAL on the flooding and damage of the terminal, a civil aviation ministry spokesperson said.

Heavy rains lashed the capital from around 2.30 p.m. and within an hour there was disorder on the streets with reports of waterlogging and resultant traffic snarls on several arterial roads. The downpour finally ended around 5.15 p.m.

This was the second incident of heavy rains water-logging the terminal.

Earlier, a heavy downpour July 27 led to massive congestion and flight delays. The arrival terminal at the domestic airport was also deluged that day.

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