Delhi rains: Orange alert issued, Waterlogging slows traffic in parts of city
Heavy rains pounded Delhi on Wednesday, causing major waterlogging and, as a result, traffic gridlock in numerous parts of the city since the morning. Due to considerable waterlogging on the route, the Delhi traffic police issued advice against traffic obstruction on the Azad Market Subway heading towards Pratap Nagar.
Due to waterlogging, the Zakhira underpass was also closed, and traffic police advised taking an alternate route from Anand Parbat/Roshanara Road. Due to the rains, traffic on Minto Road also slowed.
The rain has been falling steadily since early Wednesday morning, with no indications of stopping anytime soon. Heavy rains battered numerous sections of Delhi earlier on Tuesday, triggering flooding and disrupting vehicular travel in the city and surrounding areas. A section of the Delhi-Agra railway track caved in due to heavy rains on Tuesday, causing delays in both road and train traffic. According to ANI, a culvert washed away, resulting in the construction of a 20-foot-deep trench, which halted the transit of at least 15 trains.
Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange signal for the national capital due to the heavy rainfall.
Earlier, the weather department predicted thunderstorms and moderate to heavy rains in the parts of the National Capital Region. “Thunderstorms with moderate to heavy intensity rain would occur over and adjoining areas of isolated places of Delhi, NCR- Gurugram, Manesar, Faridabad, Ballabhgarh, Tosham, Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Narnaul, Mahendargarh, Kosali during next 2 hours,” IMD said in Tweet.
Rain is expected to occur in Delhi from September 1 to 4. The national capital received 144.7 millimetres of rain from August 1 to August 30. According to the IMD’s rainfall figures, this is about 31% less than the typical of 209.4 mm for the month.