New Delhi, Apr 6: The operation at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi was disrupted due to sudden change in weather conditions on Friday. The national capital witnessed dust storm, coupled with rain and thunder, in the evening affecting the arrival and departure of flights at Delhi airport.

The arrivals and departures of the aircrafts were delayed up to one hour due to sudden change in weather in Delhi-NCR. According to news agency ANI, a total of 24 flights have been diverted out of Delhi due to bad weather.

The rains wreaked havoc in several areas of the city as trees were uprooted, traffic snarls were reported and the electricity poles were damaged.

List of areas where trees were uprooted due to thunderstorm in Delhi

  • Jhandewalan
  • KG Marg
  • 11 Murti
  • Yamuna Vihar
  • Near Akshardham Temple
  • Prem Nagar
  • Baljeet Nagar

The commuters are advised to avoid Karol Bagh, Kalka Temple, Okhla, Burari Chowk and RK Ashram area as heavy traffic is being reported from these areas. An electricity pole fell in Chandni Chowk’s Katra Neel area following strong winds and rain.

Delhi Metro Service Affected

Delhi Metro rail service was disrupted on Blue Line on Friday evening as the national capital witnessed sudden change in the weather. Owing to rain and dust storm, the metro trains on the Blue Line experienced long halts.

Delay in the service led to the build up of heavy rush and long queues at Rajiv Chowk metro station. Commuters, especially those going back to home after office, faced hardship in reaching their destination.

Delhi Metro’s Blue Line connects Dwarka Sector 21 to Noida City Centre/Vaishali.

Pre-Monsoon rains in Delhi-NCR are expected to continue till April 10, private weather forecast agency Skymet predicted. Adding further, it said that the intensity of rains is likely to pick up the pace by April 9. “In wake of these rains, both the day and night temperatures would fall and start settling around near normal. Afternoons would be slightly warm, but nights would be cool and comfortable in coming days,” it said.

Delhi-NCR was hit by a dust storm and showers on Friday bringing respite to the people reeling under hot and humid weather conditions. On Friday, the maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded 33-degree Celsius and 22 degree Celsius respectively.