Heavy rains lash Delhi, cause traffic snarls

Rains lashed the national capital, bringing back cases of waterlogging as well as traffic problems.

New Delhi: Rains lashed the national capital on Thursday bringing back cases of waterlogging as well as traffic problems in many parts of the city in a repeat of what happened last week and leading to flight disruptions at the Delhi airport.

Several parts of the capital received good showers in the morning, mainly ridge area and Aya Nagar in south Delhi, the MeT office said. Unusually heavy rains at the airport reduced visibility and led to diversion of one flight while a few were asked to hover over Delhi airspace by the ATC.

Though Safdurjung MeT station, the main weather office in the capital, recorded no rains during the day, other stations spread across the city recorded good amount of showers.

The weather station located in Ridge recorded the highest of 24.4 mm between 5:30 pm yesterday and 8:30 am today followed by Ayanagar 15 mm. Palam recorded four mm and Lodhi Colony had one mm of showers during the same period.

According to the Weatherman, the minimum was recorded at 25.6 degree Celsius, one degree above normal, down from yesterday`s 27.2 degrees. The maximum was recorded at 34.2 degree Celsius, normal for this time of the year and down from yesterday`s 36.2 degree Celsius.

The return of rains to the city after a gap of six days, when the city recorded 96.1 mm of showers between 4 am and 5:30 pm that day, brought back waterlogging and resulting traffic problems to the city.

According to MCD, its Control Room received 18 complaints of waterlogging and six cases of collapse of buildings or portions of building. There were also two cases of felling of trees.

A senior police official said vehicular movement was slow due to waterlogging and traffic problems in many parts of the city.

Waterlogging in front of Deputy Commissioner office in south Delhi`s Saket and Tis Hazari Gate No-3 in north Delhi has affected traffic in those areas.

There were also reports of crawling traffic on MB road near IGNOU, Dhaula Kuan, Kirbi Place, Rani Jhansi road near Filmistan and Palam flyover from Dwarka to domestic airport side. Waterlogging was reported on Rohtak road in Anand Parbat Industrial Area also.