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Roof Collapses At Delhi Airport, 1 Dead, 6 Injured

Four vehicles, including cabs, were damaged after a portion of the Delhi airport's Terminal-1 roof collapsed on cars amid heavy rain. Read below to know more.

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By Kanan Parmar
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At least one person was killed and six others injured after a portion of the roof of the Delhi airport's Terminal-1 (T1) collapsed on cars amid heavy rain this morning. All flights from the terminal at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world, scheduled till 2 pm today have been cancelled, Union Minister of Civil Aviation Ram Mohan Naidu Kinjarapu said after inspecting the airport.

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The officials said the roof sheet and the support beams collapsed, damaging four cars parked in the pick-up and drop area of the terminal. The incident was reported to the Delhi Fire Services (DFS) around 5.30 am.

During the rescue operations, a man was seen being taken out from a cab on which an iron beam had fallen.

 In a statement, Mr Kinjarapu, the newly-elected civil aviation minister, said the flights scheduled to depart after 2 pm will operate from the other two terminals, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3, of the airport.

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“Following the collapse of the Delhi T1 terminal this morning, I have personally inspected the site. Our immediate priority was the safe evacuation of all passengers from the terminal. Consequently, all flights scheduled until 2 PM have been canceled. Passengers will receive full refunds or have the option to rebook on alternative flights and routes. Flights scheduled to depart after 2 PM will be operated from T2 and T3,” he said.

"I will see that a thorough examination of the terminal's structure is conducted by experts to ensure safety," he added.

 He also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is "closely monitoring" the situation and has assured us of full support.

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Speaking to reporters after inspecting the Delhi airport, he called it a "very serious" incident and announced a compensation of ₹ 20 lakh for the family of the victim and ₹ 3 lakh each for those injured.

T1 has only domestic flight operations by IndiGo and SpiceJet and the airport handles around 1,400 flight movements daily.

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