Continuous rains submerge swathes of Delhi-NCR; IMD points alert for heavy showers

New Delhi, August 20

Many components of the nationwide capital and key street stretches remained flooded as rains continued to drench town on Thursday, triggering visitors snarls throughout morning rush hours.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of heavy rains within the metropolis on Thursday as effectively.

The downpour might result in “major traffic disruption” resulting from heavy water logging and there’s an “increased chance” of street accidents, it warned.

The Safdarjung Observatory, which gives consultant figures for town, recorded 46 mm rainfall between 8:30 am on Wednesday and eight:30 am on Thursday.                  

On a mean, town gauges 11.Three mm rainfall from 8:30 am on August 19 to eight:30 am on August 20 yearly.

The Palam climate station gauged 70.9 mm precipitation throughout the interval, greater than six occasions the traditional rainfall.            

The Delhi Traffic Police remained busy clearing visitors on Narela-Bawana street, Raja Garden flyover, Kasturba Underpass, MB Rad, Jhandewalan Mandir, Jhilmil underpass, Azadpur vegetable market, Sarai Pipal Thala, Jahangirpuri, Madanpur Khadar amongst different locations.               

Similar scenes performed out on Wednesday, as incessant rains pummelled the nationwide capital area, submerging roads, underpasses and parks in waist-deep water and bringing visitors on key stretches to a digital halt.

The flooding was notably extreme in Gurugram, the place roads become small rivers and parks resembled swimming swimming pools.

Just a number of hours of rains flooded swathes of Delhi, spelling bother for commuters who remained caught for hours on water-logged roads.             

Pictures and movies of autos and folks wading by way of waist-deep water have been broadly shared on social media.

The rains additionally crippled electrical energy provide in lots of areas.

Civic our bodies reported incidents of uprooting of bushes in a number of areas because of the rains.

A boundary wall of a faculty in Saket collapsed, damaging a number of autos parked alongside it.  Mahesh Palawat of Skymet Weather, a non-public forecasting company, mentioned local weather change had led to a change rain sample.             

Earlier, we used to witness steady mild rains over two-three days. Nowadays, the identical quantum of rainfall happens in simply 2-Three hours. These excessive occasions have been happening throughout the tropical area since final 10 years,” he mentioned.

Experts mentioned the flooding was a results of dangerous city planning.

“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,” Anjal Prakash, analysis director, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, mentioned.  

Kuldeep Srivastava,the pinnacle of regional forecasting heart of the IMD, mentioned the axis of monsoon will stay near the nationwide capital until Thursday. Therefore, extra rains are doubtless.

Southwesterly winds from the Arabian Sea and southeasterly winds from the Bay of Bengal are additionally feeding moisture to the area, he mentioned.

The downpour additionally diminished the rain deficiency within the capital — from 13 per cent on Monday to 11 per cent on Wednesday.

The Safdarjung Observatory has recorded 147.four mm rainfall towards the traditional of 165.2 mm in August to this point.              

Overall, it has recorded 466 mm rainfall, six per cent greater than the traditional of 441.Three mm since June 1 when the monsoon season begins. PTI

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