Heavy rains in Delhi; waterlogging, traffic jams in many areas

Last Updated: Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 22:51

New Delhi: Heavy rains took the charm out of
the Sunday for Delhiites today as traffic went haywire on
waterlogged roads, vehicles developed technical problems while
on move and no scope was left for an evening outing.

At least two buildings collapsed due to rains in Motia
Khan and Badarpur Khadar leaving some people injured while the
heavy showers led to the closure of Nigambodh Ghat in north
Delhi, a prominent crematorium.

Cremations at Nigambodh Ghat were stopped for a day,
officials said.

The downpour started at about 8.30 am and the rain
gauges measured 19.7 mm in just three hours. Till 5:30 pm, the
city got 26.8 mm of rains.

For a period of 24 hours ending 8:30 am today, the rain
guages measured 17.3 mm. The city has received over 860 mm of
rains from July five when the south-west monsoon hit the
capital.

The showers led to waterlogging in various parts of the
city including Kashmiri Gate, several localities in old Delhi,
Bhajanpura, Najafgarh, Bhogal and Karol Bagh.

Traffic jams were reported from many areas, though today
being a Sunday, there were less vehicles on the roads.

Traffic movement was slow due to heavy waterlogging on
Rama Road in Najafgarh, Moti Nagar, Jakhira, New Rohtak Road,
Kamal T-point to Karol Bagh, Model Town I and II to Azadpur,
Sarai Pipal Thala to GTK Depot and Ashok Vihar T-point and
near Kashmere Gate Metro station, traffic police said.

Waterlogging also threw traffic out of gear in Dhaula
Kuan towards Mayapuri Ring Road, Surya Nagar, near Red Fort,
Mori Gate, Hanuman Setu and Monkey Bridge towards Rajghat.

Reports of road peeling came from Surya Nagar while
breakdown of a truck was reported from Anand Parbat and that
of a car and two buses were reported from Khajuri near
Bhajanpura.

The evening hotspots of India Gate and shopping malls did
not have the usual rush as citizens opted to stay indoors due
to overcast conditions.

The rains also brought the mercury down to 24.8 degree
Celsius from yesterday`s low of 29.6 degrees. The maximum was
recorded at 29.8 degree Celsius, down from yesterday`s 32
degrees.

The month of September had been wet for Delhi. The Indian
Meteorological Department in its earlier weekly forecast had
said the withdrawal of the southwest monsoon, which normally
begins on September one is not expected to commence till the
middle of this month.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 22:51

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