Record rain causes massive waterlogging in Delhi and paralyzes traffic

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    Record rains struck the capital on Saturday, paralyzing traffic and causing severe waterlogging in many parts of the city, flooding places like the Minto Bridge, Rajghat, Connaught Place and ITO.

    India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Delhi recorded 138.8mm of rainfall, the highest one-day rainfall in August in the past 14 years.

    According to IMD officials, Saturday’s precipitation of 138.8 mm is the ninth highest in the past 62 years for August and the highest after 2007, in the last 14 years (2007-2021) for August.

    Meteorology (MeT) officials said the highest rainfall ever for August is 184.0mm from 1961 to 2021. It was recorded on August 2, 1961.

    The weather department has issued an “orange” warning for the city, a warning of extremely bad weather with the possibility of interruptions in commuting with road and canal closures and interruptions to the power supply.

    A 60-year-old security guard died of an electric shock in the Anand Vihar area of ​​east Delhi allegedly caused by waterlogging, according to Delhi police officers.

    Public Work Department (PWD) officials said 316 complaints of waterlogging in the control room had been received by 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Officials said field workers were on site to prioritize complaints about waterlogging.

    Waterlogging also damaged medication at a Rohini state hospital when rainwater got into the hospital’s pharmacy, an official said.

    According to the three citizens’ groups, at least 14 cases of tree falls have been reported in the city.

    Commuters have had a harrowing experience traveling from one place to another while vehicles crawl along key routes. People have also been seen wading through wet streets in various areas of the state capital.

    Roads with congestion were ITO, Dhaula Kuan, Mehram Nagar underpass near the airport, Vikas Marg, Mathura Road, Ring Road, Mukarba Chowk, Rohtak Road near Peeragarhi, Connaught Place, Barakhamba Road, Dwarka-Palam flyover and Bhairon Marg.

    One commuter, Vikas Tyagi, shared his story of traffic problems and said it took him over four hours to reach Burari from Hapur due to the severe waterlogging on the city’s streets.

    “It’s a nightmare to be stuck in a traffic jam. The rain today (Saturday) literally paralyzed traffic in the city as almost every street was clogged. Even the back roads of important routes were congested. It’s usually a two-hour drive between Hapur and Burari, but today I got home in four hours, “complained Tyagi.

    Because of the waterlogging, the Delhi Traffic Police closed several important underpasses in the morning and the traffic moved at a snail’s pace on many routes. Traffic police went on Twitter to notify commuters of road closures.

    “The traffic on the Minto Bridge (both lanes) was closed due to waterlogging. Please avoid (the) route,” said the traffic police in a tweet.

    Hours later, she informed people that normal traffic was restored at the Minto Bridge underpass.

    Last month, Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that a “world-class drainage system” was being developed throughout the state capital.

    He had said drainage systems like the one on Minto Road were being rebuilt across Delhi and drains and sewers were being regularly desludged.

    A senior PWD official said the main cause of the Minto Road underpass flooding was the overflow of a Delhi Jal Board (DJB) sewer along with “very high intensity” rain.

    “On Saturday there were very heavy rains and record rains, which triggered an overflow of a DJB sewer pipe near DDU Marg. This led to waterlogging in the Minto Road underpass. We installed all the systems so that traffic was immediately stopped and water was pumped out. “Said the official.

    He added that the underpass would open to traffic in three hours.

    On Saturday, traffic police announced that the underpasses at Azad Market in Central Delhi and Azadpur in North Delhi had been closed to traffic, while vehicle traffic in the Moolchand and Pul Prahladpur underpasses in South Delhi had been affected by waterlogging .

    Other places where waterlogging has been observed are the ring road near the WHO building, near the IP flyover, the underpass of the Tilak bridge, Lajpat Nagar, Jangpura, the AIIMS flyover, Connaught Place, ITO, Pusa Road, Maharani Bagh, GTK DTC Depot, Yards of New Delhi Railway Station and Old Delhi Railway Station, streets around Pragati Maidan, Rohtak Road, Nand Nagri and Loni Chowk.

    There were also traffic delays on the Mehrauli-Badarpur road in South Delhi.

    “Waterlogging at the Pul Prahladpur underpass. The traffic on MB-Straße was interrupted, which will be diverted to Mathura-Straße. Please avoid (the) route,” tweeted the traffic police.

    Another commuter, Kartik Kumar, who works at Connaught Place, said he was late at his office due to traffic jams.

    “I was stuck in traffic jams in two or three places, including ITO, because of severe waterlogging. Delhi floods even in moderate rain. This causes inconvenience for the public,” said Kumar, who lives in Noida.

    Several residential areas and markets in Krishna Nagar, Mayur Vihar-2, Babarpur, Mangolpuri, Kirari, Malviya Nagar, Sangam Vihar and Sadar Bazar were also flooded.

    A PWD official said, “The rain intensity was heavy this morning, so there was waterlogging in some areas of the city. Our sales representatives are on site and we are closely monitoring the situation. The underpass of Minto Road has been cleared. “

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