Delhi airport roof collapse kills one, injures others after heavy rains

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A section of roof at New Delhis airport collapsed following heavy rain on Friday, crushing one man to death and injuring eight others in the latest high profile infrastructure disaster to dent Indias image.. . Due to heavy rain since early this morning, a portion of the canopy at the old Departure forecourt of Delhis Terminal 1 collapsed around 5 am, a statement from the Indira Gandhi International Airport said.. ..

All departures from Terminal 1 are temporarily suspended, the statement added.. . Delhi Fire Services assistant divisional officer Ravinder Singh said rescuers got to the scene to find two support pillars had collapsed over a car.. ..

One person could be seen slumped under twisted metal in the drivers seat of one of the cars.. . Indias minister of Civil Aviation, Ram Mohan Naidu Kinjarapu, said he was personally monitoring the collapse in a statement on X.. . Parts of the capital territory of Delhi experienced heavy rainfall this week, flooding roads and submerging cars..

The showers brought some respite from weeks of blistering heat after the city experienced temperatures as high as 49.9 degrees Celsius (121.8 degrees Fahrenheit) its highest on record straining the countrys electricity grid and power supply.. . Fridays incident is the latest in a string of collapses and other mishaps in the nation of 1.4 billion, which in recent years, has prioritized spending on grand infrastructure projects and upgrading its aging transport network.. ..

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