Delhi: It has never rained so much in the last 40 years, IMD issued yellow alert for Sunday

It rained heavily in many parts of North India including the national capital Delhi on the previous day. At the same time, there is a possibility of rain in most parts of North India for Sunday as well. The Meteorological Department estimates that the people of Delhi-NCR are not expected to get relief from the rain. It is expected to rain heavily on Sunday as well. The Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for Sunday. The first heavy rains of the monsoon season lashed Delhi on Saturday, breaking a record of 20 years. Heavy rains caused water-logging, uprooting of trees, vehicle damage and traffic jams in several areas of the national capital.

Delhi roads submerged due to heavy rain

According to an official of the Meteorological Department, the Safdarjung Observatory, the primary weather station in Delhi, recorded 126.1 millimeters (mm) of rain from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. He told that this figure of rain is the highest after July 10, 2003 and then 133.4 mm of rain was recorded during 24 hours. Motorists faced heavy traffic jams due to incessant rains in Delhi due to overflowing drains and waterlogged roads. Due to waterlogging, the Minto Bridge has been closed for vehicular movement. In such a situation, today’s rain can also become a cause of trouble for the people like yesterday.

Water entered many markets of Delhi, long jam on the roads

Several shops in central Delhi’s Connaught Place were waterlogged as it rained since Saturday morning, while traders and people faced problems due to waterlogging in several other markets. Due to waterlogging and rain, there were very few customers in the markets. Ahead of the G20 meetings to be held in the national capital in September, the situation arising out of rain has exposed the preparations of various civic bodies. Due to water-logging, it was difficult for the drivers to walk on the roads, flyovers while the pedestrians walked on the footpaths. This was the first heavy rain of the monsoon season. An ‘Orange’ alert was issued for heavy rain on Saturday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a ‘yellow’ alert for Sunday.

water logging in these places

According to a Met official, Delhi’s primary meteorological station Safdarjung Observatory recorded 126.1 millimeters (mm) of rain from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. He told that this figure of rain is the highest after July 10, 2003 and then 133.4 mm of rain was recorded during 24 hours. The highest rainfall of 266.2 mm has been recorded in Delhi so far on July 21, 1958. The traffic department received 56 calls related to water-logging, six related to fallen trees and five related to potholes. Due to waterlogging, the Minto Bridge has been closed for vehicular movement. Heavy waterlogging has also been reported from Tilak Bridge underpass. According to the traffic police, waterlogging was reported at Pandav Nagar Underpass, Purana Qila Road, Sarita Vihar Chowk, Mathura Road between Gate No. 6 and 7 of Pragati Maidan, Carriageway, Near Nizamuddin Khatta, Mayur Vihar Phase-2.


According to this, complaints of waterlogging were received from several areas including Dwarka Link Road, Rohtak Road, Vikas Marg, under AIIMS flyover, under Moolchand flyover, MB Road, Mother Teresa Crescent-Sardar Patel Marg, under Tilak Bridge and Najafgarh. Calls related to tree falling were received from Jantar Mantar Road, Chandgi Ram Akhara, Amrita Shergil Marg, DDU Marg, Dhirpur Main Road and Mother Teresa Crescent. Traffic police said that Sunlight Colony, Raja Puri, Bharat Darshan Park, Shadipur Metro Station and Buta Singh Gol Chakkar were the places from where calls related to potholes were received. Incidents of tree falling were also reported in two areas falling under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). According to MCD officials, water-logging has been reported in Harijan Colony, Jangpura Extension in Kalkaji, Nabi Karim in Paharganj and Gautam Puri area of ​​Shahdara.

trees were uprooted in the rain

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) reported 24 cases of water-logging and uprooting of trees. As per the data shared by NDMC officials, five trees were uprooted in Lutyens’ Delhi and 11 incidents of breaking of branches were recorded. Amit Gupta, a trader in Connaught Place, said Delhi’s tall claims of being a ‘smart city’ are exposed every year during the monsoon, when shops get flooded and traders face losses President of ‘New Delhi Traders Association’ Atul Bhargava said, “The government only wants to collect tax. We have not been able to be a part of the development of Connaught Place. Only beautification is being done. Long queues of vehicles were seen on Vikas Marg from Laxmi Nagar to ITO, a commuter said. Massive traffic jam was seen due to waterlogging at Tilak Bridge underpass and Minto Bridge in ITO area.

These areas are affected by traffic jam in Delhi

Another passenger said that motorists had to face heavy traffic jam at Shakti Chowk between Dwarka Sector-4 and Sector-5. People also complained of traffic jam at Ghevra railway crossing, Chirag Delhi, Nehru Place flyover and near Greater Kailash Metro station, among other places. The Delhi Traffic Police took to Twitter to inform commuters about the traffic situation across the city. Police said, “Traffic is affected on the way from IIT to PTS Malviya Nagar on Aurobindo Marg and on its other side due to water-logging.” Please refrain from using this route.

Nitin Gupta, president of Kamla Nagar Market Traders Association, said that almost all the shops have been flooded. He said, “The rains have literally turned Delhi into a lake. Almost all the shops in Kamla Nagar have been flooded. Customers are finding it difficult to come to the market. The situation is felt like mooring.” According to the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), all major drains are almost full, resulting in excess water flowing on the roads. Heavy rains lashed parts of Kerala in south India in the morning and traffic was seen crawling due to water-logging in low-lying areas. Kerala has been lashed by rains for more than a week due to which 19 people have lost their lives and more than 10,000 people have been sent to relief camps.

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