11 perish in heavy rains in Delhi

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 00:13

New Delhi: At least 11 people, including two
woman and three children, were killed in rain-related
incidents as heavy rains lashed the capital this evening,
causing serpentine traffic jams and water logging in several
areas.

Four incidents of electrocution were reported from
various parts of the city in which six people lost their lives
while five others perished in two incidents of wall-collapse.

Two each persons died due to electrocution in Manasarovar
Park and Chandni Chowk while one each deaths were reported
from Mori Gate and Patel Nagar. The victim in Patel Nagar was
a 13-year-old boy.

Two men were electrocuted tonight when they came in
contact with an electric wire which fell off a pole due to the
rains in central Delhi`s Chandni Chowk at around 8 pm. The
victims were identified as Ram Kishan and Ram Lakhan.

A woman Shanti Devi and her children Pankaj (8) and Navin
(12) died when a portion of a wall collapsed in north-east
Delhi`s Jhilmil Colony amid rains at around 8:30 pm, police
said here.

In another incident, an elderly woman and her grandchild
died in Vivek Vihar. Two persons were also injured in a wall
collapse incident in Jamia Nagar.

Monsoon showers, which eluded the city during the day,
brought back cheers to Delhiites as the mercury came down. The
rains started at around six pm and lasted for about 90
minutes.

The rain gauges measured 51.4 mm till 9:30 pm. A week
ago, similar showers threw traffic out of gear in the capital.

The showers caught unawares many office-goers and
commuters returning home. Many roads were waterlogged,
resulting in traffic snarls. Some vehicles also got stuck in
the middle of the road.

The MCD Central Control Room said it got 32 complaints of
water logging and 13 of uprooting of trees in just 40 minutes.
Chandni Chowk, West Delhi and New Delhi were the
worst-affected areas, officials said.

Connaught Place was also affected badly by rains. Traffic
obstructions were reported from near General Post Office,
Mandir Marg, Barakhamba, Minto Road, Ranjit Singh flyover as
well as Chanakya Puri, authorities said.

"Heavy traffic jam was there on M B Road from Saket to
Sangam Vihar. I could cover just 500 metres in an hour," said
a commuter J P Gautam.

Prashant Sharma, another commuter said, "I am stuck at
Shantivan red light for the past 80 minutes. It is maddening."

Similar was the situation of Nitin Dutt and Mansi from
ITO and Rajghat respectively. Dutt said owing to heavy traffic
at ITO he could not move an inch for an hour while Mansi said
she was stuck at Rajghat for about two hours with no sign of
any improvement to the situation.

People were seen wading through knee-deep water near
Chandni Chowk and Red Fort, where vehicular movement was very
slow.

Water logging on the road between New Friends Colony and
Ashram chowk also resulted in a traffic going haywire. Heavy
traffic snags were reported from Ashoka Road entry point in
India Gate hexagon.

Uprooting of trees and electric poles due to strong winds
that accompanied the rain also added to the traffic chaos on
Delhi roads. The affected areas included Kingsway Camp, Ring
Road and Nirankari Colony.

Rain-related traffic obstructions were also reported from
Kalindi Kunj, near Apollo hospital, Hanuman Setu and Jamna
Bazar. Two blueline buses and one truck developing technical
problems in the middle of Mathura Road near Ashram also added
to the traffic snarls.

Traffic-related chaos was also reported from Bhairov
Mandir flyover towards Nehru place.

"Traffic is heavy on outer ring road and there is
obstruction on Ma Anand Mai Marg due to water logging," police
said. Water logging at the Minto Road underpass also resulted
in traffic chaos.

The south-west monsoon had hit the city on July five,
a week later than it was supposed to descend over the capital.
However, the rains subsided soon due to shifting of the
monsoon system to Himalayan foothills.

Though the rains brought some relief, the initial part
the day was hot and humid.

The maximum temperature, which touched 36.6 degree C
during the day, plunged by a few notches following the rains.
The humidity was on higher side crossing 90 per cent.

The maximum recorded today was one degree above normal
while the minimum settled at 28.7 degree C, two notches above
normal.

The MeT Department said the city has so far received
129.1 mm of rains this monsoon, which is around four per cent
more than the average.

The weatherman predicted that the temperatures will
oscillate between 28 and 37 degrees Celsius tomorrow.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 00:13

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