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Roof collapses at New Delhi airport under heavy rain, killing one

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The roof collapsed at the main airport in India's capital, New Delhi, after heavy rainfall. One person died and several were injured. Due to the violent weather, flights were suspended.

The incident occurred at Terminal 1 on Friday at 5 a.m. local time. The airport was busy. One person died. Eight were injured and taken to hospital, Reuters reported. The entire terminal, one of three at the country's busiest airport, was evacuated.

Flights were suspended until 2 p.m. local time, Indian Aviation Minister Kinjarapu Ram Mohan Naidu said. Authorities ordered an investigation into the collapse.

Heavy downpour

Many other parts of the capital were also flooded, with cars driving in water up to people's waists. There were problems with the metro running, and many residents also complained about power outages.

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According to the India Meteorological Office (IMD), the airport area received around 148.5 litres of rain per square metre in three hours. This is more than the average rainfall for the whole of June. In comparison, the capital's main weather station, Safdarjung, recorded 228.1 litres per square metre in the last 24 hours, which is 266 per cent of the norm.

In India's most populous state – Uttar Pradesh – at least 20 people have died in various rain and flood-related incidents in the last 48 hours. Seven people lost their lives as a result lightning strikes.

Main image source: Reuters

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