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Heavy rain cripples Delhi, Gurgaon

Capital receives 101 mm rainfall in 24 hours; commuters face harrowing time as traffic thrown out of gear

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(Clockwise): Vehicles wade through waters at Subhash Chowk on Tuesday; A scooterist struggles to make way as vehicles wade through waters on a road; and Water accumulates outside the houses of Ram Park residents in Delhi.
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As it rained during the wee hours of Tuesday, the national Capital and its neighbouring city Gurugram was greeted by waterlogged roads in the morning and they faced a harrowing time, manoeuvering through traffic jams and flooded roads.

Key roads in Delhi like Ring Road towards Punjabi Bagh, Rajouri Garden, Amar Colony, Okhla Industrial Area, Delhi-Gurugram highway witnessed painfully slow movement of traffic during morning rush hours. Most roads in Dwarka and Dhaula Kuan were specifically hit as two-wheelers and cars tried to wade through knee-deep water. Officegoers and children headed to schools were stranded for hours on waterlogged. School buses were also caught in the deluge, prompting few schools in Gurgaon to declare a day off while many schools in Dwarka closed early.

"This is horrible, to say the least. There is no provision of seepage of water. One should just stay home whenever it rains," said Himanshu Saha, a resident of Rajouri Garden. Ranjita Shaw, a PR professional who lives in Dwarka rued that waterlogged roads were unsafe for single women drivers. "Even if it is morning hours, driving on such roads is not safe. The two hours that it took me to reach office, I kept on dreading what if my car breaks down. The Delhi municipal corporation is simply apathetic," she complained.

Meanwhile, Millennium city Gurugram presented a sorry picture of poor sewage with main roads including Hero Honda Chowk deluged with water. The roads were choc a bloc with vehicles, most of them heading to offices.

Delhi received 101 mm rainfall in the past 24 hours, which is the highest received in a day in August. It is also the highest in the month in the past three years. Mercury also dropped by few notches due to the rainfall. The maximum temperature settled at 32.7 degrees Celsius which was one degree below normal. The weatherman has predicted similar rain activity for the next two days.

AREAS AFFECTED

  • Heavy rains were recorded in central and eastern parts of Delhi with waterlogging and traffic congestion being reported from areas such as Mayur Vihar, Palam, Dhaula Kuan, Bhairon Enclave in Punjabi Bagh, Moti Nagar flyover and between Mundka and Rajdhani Park 
     
  • Traffic was affected near Narela Mandi due to an uprooted tree. 
     
  • Traffic on an 18-km stretch of Delhi-Gurugram expressway stalled for over four hours . Commuters were stuck in an over 5-km jam on the road between Hero Honda Chowk and Khirki Daula toll plaza in Gurugram. School buses were also caught in the deluge, prompting few schools in Gurugram to declare a day off 
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