Five aircraft, including of Spice Jet, Blue Dart, Go Air and Air India, parked at IGI terminal here were damaged in the squall, while 21 flights, including four international, were diverted. Delhi Metro services were hit on two of its busiest lines: Yellow line from Jahangirpuri in Delhi to HUDA city centre in Gurgaon and the Blue line from Dwarka Sector 21 to Noida City Centre/Vaishali.
Passengers were asked to de-board from the metro trains at some stations after technical faults caused by the storm hit the Metro services, leaving hundreds of commuters stranded. Train services were also hit with around 100 trains affected.
Power supply was also hit in many areas in the national capital. "In many places, trees fell on the electrical wires, which led to power outage in the areas," a source from the BSES told IANS.
Though the rain and squall lasted for about half-an-hour only, it brought the national capital to a standstill with incidents of many trees being uprooted reported as well. Incidents of cars and houses being damaged due to falling trees and tree branches were reported from many areas. The sudden change in weather followed a massive storm that darkened the sky in the early evening with strong winds felling trees and forcing office-goers on their way home to run for shelter. (IANS)