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Delhi, Gurugram drown yet again; waterlogging gives commuters a hard time

Last updated on: August 31, 2016 19:40 IST

Heavy rains lashed the national capital on Wednesday with the continuous downpour leading to water-logging on major roads severely affecting traffic movement across the city.

IMAGE: Traffic was thrown out of gear following the city receiving heavy rains. Photograph: PTI

The city received 63.1 mm rainfall as per the reading of the Safdarjung observatory while the Palam observatory recorded 55.6 mm rainfall.

Water-logging in various areas including Shantipath, Press Enclave Road, Dhaulakuan, Zakir Hussain Marg, AIIMS flyover and Zakhir underpass among other areas crippled the traffic movement giving Delhiites a tough time.

IMAGE: People were forced to wait in the snarls for more than 30 minutes. Photograph: PTI

Barapullah flyover towards DND, Ashram Chowk, Ring Road Maharani Bagh, Lajpat Nagar, Sarai Kale Khan, RajaGarden towards Mayapuri and Gymkhana towards Teen Murti Marg were also among the major water-logged points.

“The maximum temperature was recorded at 30.4 degree Celsius, four notches below normal while the minimum settled at 26 degree Celsius, a notch below normal,” a MeT official said.

IMAGE: A man rides his motorcycle through a flooded road during monsoon rains in New Delhi. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

The humidity levels oscillated between 97 and 69 per cent.

The weatherman has predicted continuous downpour in the city with possibility of thunderstorm.

 “The rains will continue to lash the city tomorrow as well. The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to hover around 30 and 25 degree Celsius,” the official added.

IMAGE: A woman and girl wade across a flooded road. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Sisganj Gurudwara, Jama Masjid and Gauri Shankar temple has been cancelled due to the heavy rains, reported ANI. Kerry is on a three-day visit to India.

On Monday, Kerry and his convoy were stuck in massive traffic near Satya Marg due to waterlogging caused by heavy rains while on his way to the hotel from the IGI airport.

IMAGE: A man pedals his cycle rickshaw during the downpour in Delhi. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

South Delhi was the worst hit with severe traffic congestion being seen at the stretch between IIT-Delhi to Munirka, Press Enclave Road, Chirag Delhi to Nehru Place flyover Sadik Nagar, BRT to Moolchand, Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, Nehru Place to Zamrudpur, Maharani Bagh, Lajpat Nagar, Lado Sarai T-Point, West End Marg near Saket Metro Station, AIIMS Loop and under South Ex. flyover.

IMAGE: The weather office has forecast thunderstorm with rain through the day. The minimum temperature was recorded at 26 degree Celsius at 8.30 am. Photograph: ANI 

Long tailbacks were witnessed in and around gymkhana towards Teen Murti Marg, Bhairon Road towards Mathura Road Roundabout, Gol Dak Khana, Kali Bari Marg, Leela Palace Hotel,Okhla Underpass,Chandni Chowk,Barapullah flyover towards DND, IP Flyover towards Sarai Kale Khan, Panchsheel Marg from Sardar Patel Marg to Shanti Path.

IMAGE: The city received 3.9 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours, an official said.

An official at the Delhi airport said there has been a slight delay in departure of flights on account of heavy rains.

A Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Delhi was diverted to Jaipur due to “bad weather” in the morning around 9.

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