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



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