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Heavy rain, thunderstorms in Delhi cause power outages, flights affected

Heavy rain, thunderstorms in Delhi cause power outages, flights affected

New Delhi: After braving temperatures well above normal for nearly three months now, several parts of Delhi and nearby areas witnessed power blackouts due to heavy rain accompanied by strong winds early on Monday.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the surface temperature in the national capital fell 11 degrees, from 29 degrees Celsius to 18 degrees Celsius on Monday in the period between 5.40 am to 7 am.

However, the bad weather also affected flight operations at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport with several airlines requesting passengers to check on their flight status before heading to the airport.

Airline companies tweeted that the bad weather in Delhi may affect departures and arrivals at the airport as they requested their passengers to keep a check on their flight status.

The rains are likely to cause power cuts and traffic disruptions across the capital. News agency ANI has also reported the uprooting of trees in parts of Delhi.

In an earlier tweet, the IMD said vulnerable structures and kutcha houses could suffer damage due to the thunderstorm, and that traffic disruptions are likely.

It also predicted thundershower with moderate intensity rain and gusty winds with speeds of 60-90 Km/h would continue to occur over and adjoining areas of entire Delhi and NCR during the next two hours.

On Twitter, several people have posted tweets about their experiences this morning.

In other news, water supply was hit in parts of Delhi. On Saturday, the Delhi Jal Board said that due to the depletion of pond level at Wazirabad, "the clear water production has been affected from water treatment plants at Haiderpur phase-I, phase-II, and Bawana." North Delhi, Northwest Delhi, West Delhi, and parts of South Delhi are likely to be affected till the situation improves.

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