Fourteen domestic and four international flights were diverted this evening in Delhi due to bad weather.
While nine flights were diverted to Jaipur, three were diverted to Lucknow and three were diverted to Amritsar. Two flights were diverted to Varanasi and one flight was diverted to Indore, news agency ANI reported. The flights were diverted between 6 to 7 pm.
Several parts in Delhi and adjacent cities, including Noida and Faridabad were hit by hailstorm this evening. Social media users, many of them caught unaware, shared pictures and videos on Twitter and Facebook.
The national capital woke up to inclement weather today. “The sky will remain generally cloudy throughout the day with light to moderate rain or thunderstorm and hail likely in the later parts of the day as well,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said earlier in the day.
The rains, however, failed to improve the air quality in Delhi. “Overall air quality over Delhi is ”very poor”. Air quality has not improved significantly as rainfall was not sufficient enough and wind speed was also moderate,” System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research, also known as SAFAR, said.