New Delhi: This afternoon, Delhi turned dark and cars used their headlights as an overcast sky pummeled the city with rain.
In just one hour, the capital recorded 117 mm of rain - in the entire month of September, usually, Delhi receives 128 mm of rain - a record since 1959. (See pics) This effectively saw the national capital receiving a month's rain in just three hours.
Flooding was reported at Delhi's T3 airport. At least one flight was diverted to Jaipur and four others scheduled to land between 2.15 and 3.15 pm were asked to make a "go-around."
The rain led to clogging and overflowing of the drains near the Arrivals area of Terminal 3; excess water spilled into the domestic arrivals area.
Water-logging on the arrival side of the airport inconvenienced passengers which led the airport operator to arrange the delivery of their baggage on the conveyor belts at the international side as a precautionary measure, a spokesperson of the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said.
Traffic was affected by water-logging in areas like Saket, Dhaula Kuan, and the Palam flyover from Dwarka to the domestic airport side.
The city was, however, spared the nightmare that unfolded last Friday, when non-stop rain in the morning made commuting impossible till 12 pm.