It wasn’t just those Delhiites who were out that suffered at the hands of Saturday’s heavy downpour. Malini Khanna, a resident of Malviya Nagar, was enjoying the rain at home when water gushed in to her ground-floor flat.
“I had cancelled all plans to go out because of the heavy rain and decided to enjoy my time at home. But rain water entered my house as the water level on the road had reached up to the knee. All the drains were clogged and there was no way to stop the flooding. It took me around an hour to throw all the water out. It also damaged my phone, television and furniture,” Khanna said.
A rainy Saturday managed to bring the Capital to its knees as knee-deep water was a common scene all over the city.
Most areas of South Delhi experienced flood-like situation while Ghanta Ghar, Singh Sabha Road, Roshanara Road, Azad Nagar, Sabzimandi market, Tees Hazari Court and the bylanes of the Walled City were the worst-hit.
In East Delhi, Krishna Nagar, Geeta Colony, Vivek Vihar and Ghazipur saw unprecedented waterlogging.
Most shops also downed shutters to prevent rainwater from entering their premises. People out on the roads were stranded as it rained for hours and resulted in flood-like waterlogging.
Flyers to and from the city also had a difficult time as Delhi airport’s Terminal 3 was flooded once again after Saturday’s rain.
Passengers of many domestic flights were stuck as water entered the arrival hall. The situation was similar outside the arrival hall too.
Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), however, claimed that operations were normal at the airport.
“Despite heavy rain at the airport, all passenger facilities at the airport remain completely unaffected including the baggage belts. All flight operations are fully normal at the moment except one flight, which was diverted, and four flights had to go around for a few minutes,” said a DIAL spokesperson.
On June 16, too, the arrival hall of the terminal was flooded after a heavy rainfall.