Roof Collapse At Delhi’s IGI Airport Terminal 1 Kills One, Injures Eight

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Pune, 28th June 2024: Heavy rainfall in Delhi-NCR caused a part of the roof at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport Terminal 1 to collapse early this morning, resulting in one death and eight injuries. The incident occurred around 5:30 AM when a shed made of iron pillars fell on several parked cars. The forecourt of Terminal 1, which was inaugurated just three months ago, collapsed due to the heavy rain, leading to the cancellation of several flights and a chaotic situation at the airport.

Four fire trucks and Delhi Police are engaged in a rescue operation. All the injured were quickly transported to a nearby hospital, with CAT ambulances also called to the scene. The collapse of the shed and iron pillars created significant disruption at the airport, affecting both passengers and vehicles.

Officials from the Delhi Fire Service (DFS) reported that the collapse damaged cars, including taxis, parked in the pick-up and drop-off area. “We are conducting a search operation to ensure no one is trapped in the damaged vehicles,” said a DFS spokesperson.

In addition to the roof sheets, the support beams also collapsed, causing further damage to the vehicles in the terminal’s pick-up and drop-off area. Authorities are focused on clearing the debris and ensuring the safety of all individuals at the site.

Civil Aviation Minister Ram Mohan Naidu posted on X, stating, “I am personally monitoring the incident of the roof collapse at T1 Delhi Airport. First responders are working at the site. Airlines have been advised to assist all affected passengers at T1. The injured have been taken to the hospital, and the rescue operation is still ongoing.”

The heavy rainfall in Delhi-NCR has not only caused waterlogging on roads but also severely impacted air travel, with the recent collapse highlighting the urgent need for infrastructure assessments to prevent such incidents in the future. Residents are advised to stay updated on weather forecasts and avoid unnecessary travel.