Severe thunderstorms in Delhi have caused major flight disruptions at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) on Friday, September 7. Over 100 flights have been delayed and 17 others have been diverted to other airports between 15:30 to 14:30 (local time). Heavy rains have also caused traffic congestion on the city's main thoroughfares as of Friday evening. Scattered thunderstorms are forecast to affect Delhi through Saturday, September 8. Further transportation disruptions including road closures, flight delays, and cancelations are possible in the coming hours and days.
Heavy rainfall is common during the monsoon season which lasts from July to mid-September.
Individuals traveling via DEL are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate travel delays, and contact their airline for more information. Individuals present in Delhi are advised to keep abreast of local weather forecasts and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities. Please be advised that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all food discarded.
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