Traffic jams as rain inundates City

Heavy rain on Sunday lashed the national capital, bringing down the temperature while leading to problems of water logging and traffic snarls.

Safdarjung observatory recorded 41.2 mm rainfall from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. This was the highest rainfall recorded in the month of August. The season’s highest rainfall was recorded at 93.8 mm on July 11.

Palam, Lodhi Road, Ayanagar and Ridge Met stations recorded 52 mm, 27 mm, 71.7 mm and 52 mm rainfall, respectively.

Delhiites had a respite from the sultry and humid weather conditions, as the maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 29.6 degrees Celsius, four degrees below normal, for this part of the season and 25 degrees Celsius, one notch below the season’s average, respectively.

The weatherman has forecast rains till August 12 with possibilities of light rainfall on August 13 and 14.

The city faced the perennial problem of waterlogging and traffic jams during the day. The incessant downpour since early morning left many commuters stranded on roads due to water logging at various places.

“I went for a morning walk and was caught unaware. I had to take refuge under a shed over a bus stand on the route,” Sudhivya Raut said.

Traffic police officials said they received numerous complaints regarding waterlogging at various places in the city.

“Today, we received 70-80 calls of waterlogging in Delhi. The worst-hit areas in the city were Wazirabad to Bhajanpura Road in north Delhi, Moolchand in south Delhi, Baba Kharag Singh Marg in New Delhi, and Saket’s Adhchini red-light in south Delhi, among others,” a Traffic Department official said.

“Waterlogging also occurred at various metro stations in the city, including Mundka, Rithala, Laxmi Nagar, Nirman Vihar and Welcome,” he said.
The maximum and minimum forecast for Monday is 31 and 25 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Humidity levels oscillated between 98 and 82 per cent.  

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