The residents of the Delhi and nearby cities woke up to heavy rainfall and rumbling of thunder on Sunday morning. Where the cloudburst has made the weather pleasant the heavy rainfall caused water logging in most of the areas and affected the traffic of the National Capital.
As per the information shared by the Indian Meteorological Department, the Safdarjung observatory recorded 4.9 mm of rainfall till 05:30 a.m. Delhi also saw heavy water logging in low-lying areas and roads. Rainfall in Delhi this year has been relatively serious despite the early arrival of monsoon. In July, 47.8 mm rainfall was recorded, 56 per cent less than the normal 109.4 mm.
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The rainfall which increased water level in many drains that led to the collapse of several kutcha houses of a slum in Anna Nagar. A video of a house collapsing in the slum area of Anna Nagar near ITO following heavy rainfall went viral on Sunday. The authorities have said that no one was present in the house at the time of the incident.
The centralised Accident and Trauma Services (CATS) and fire engines personnel are present at the spot to carry out the rescue operations.
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Reportedly, one person was found dead due to heavy rains flooding key roads in Delhi. A person’s body was found floating in water near the road under the Minto bridge which was heavily flooded. Police said in his statement, the person has been identified as Kundan and he was a commuter who tried to manoeuvre his vehicle through the waterlogged underpass, but couldn’t succeed. The police further added that the 60-year-old man died of drowning and there were no external injury marks.
Fire Department personnel rescue people on- board a bus that was stuck in a waterlogged road under Minto bridge following heavy rainfall and causing traffic on the road in Delhi this morning.
From today, Delhi-NCR and the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana will receive continuous rainfall as the monsoon trough will move north and become constant there for the next 3 to 4 days. Bihar and Uttar Pradesh will also witness heavy rainfall till July 21st. The next 12 hours will see temperate to severe thunderstorm and lighting in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and parts of UP.
This is the situation the people of Delhi face every year during the Monsoon season. Both the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the Public Work Department who are responsible for the drainage cleaning blame each other and it is the common people who face the dilemmas and suffer in such a situation.