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Heavy rains wreak havoc submerging swathes of Delhi-NCR

Rain lashed parts of Delhi-NCR early Thursday morning bringing down the temperature to 27 degree Celsius. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rain would continue to occur over many places in the national capital and neighbouring areas.

The safdarjung observatory recorded 46mm rainfall between 8.30 am on Wednesday and 8.30 am on Thursday.

On an average, the city gauges 11.3 mm rainfall from 8:30 am on August 19 to 8:30 am on August 20 every year.

The Palam weather station gauged 70.9 mm precipitation during the period, more than six times the normal rainfall.

The Delhi Traffic police remained busy clearing traffic in areas such as Narela-Bawana road, Raja Garden flyover, Kasturba Underpass, MB Rad, Jhandewalan Mandir, Jhilmil underpass, Azadpur vegetable market, Sarai Pipal Thala, Jahangirpuri, Madanpur Khadar among other places.

Just a few hours of rains flooded swathes of Delhi, spelling trouble for commuters who remained stuck for hours on water-logged roads.

At many places cars were submerged under water. The situation was particularly bad in Gurugram where rainfall flooded the roads, giving the semblance of small rivers. Whereas in many areas rains crippled electricity, and also trees uprooting incidents were recorded due to heavy rains.

Gurugram deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh said in a span of a few hours, the city had received 130 millimetres of rain.

According to Gurugram Traffic Police officials Sohna Chowk, Sikanderpur, Golf Course, Himgiri Chowk, Bilaspur Chowk, and the roads towards Delhi and Jaipur reported water-logging.

Anjal Prakash, research director, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, said “Flooding in Indian cities is largely a product of bad urban planning. In Delhi, the Yamuna floodplains have been encroached upon obstructing the natural water flow. Other issues include deforestation, poor drainage system and lack of integrated urban planning,”

Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the regional forecasting centre of the India Meteorological Department, said Delhi recorded moderate rains till 5:30 pm and more rain is likely in the next 24 hours.

Overall, it has recorded 466 mm rainfall, six per cent more than the normal of 441.3 mm since June 1 when the monsoon season starts.

-Davinder Panesar, NMTV News

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