Delhi records 7 per cent more downpour this monsoon season; waterlogging, traffic jams in many areas [video]


The national capital on Thursday saw the heaviest downpour of this monsoon season which led to heavy waterlogging and traffic snarls in many parts of the city.

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the Ayanagar weather station read 106.9 mm rainfall, the utmost in the city, since Wednesday.

The Palam and Ridge weather station measured 99.9 mm and 98.2 mm respectively during the period.

The Safdarjung observatory, which lays out representative figures for the city, measured 83.8 mm rainfall since Wednesday. Said IMD.

Rainfall measuring below 15 mm is regarded as light, between 15 and 64.5 mm is moderate and any thing above64.5 mm is heavy.

The temperature plummeted to 28.9 degrees Celsius, five degrees below normal.

Vehicles on the road moved very close together during the rush hours as the rain led to very heavy flooding at main roads.

The Delhi Traffic Police reported an incident of a tree being uprooted near the high court, which gave way to traffic jams. Raja Garden and Mayapuri flyovers also saw heavy waterlogging.

The continuous spells wrecked a drain near Khaira village T-point on Dhansa road where metro construction work is underway.

Civic bodies reported 21 incidents of trees being uprooted and one incident of wall collapse because of the rains. No injuries were reported.

Images and clips of vehicles and people paddling through waist deep water were extensively shared on the internet.

The shower also brought down the rain deficit in Delhi. Untill Wednesday evening, the Safdarjung Observatory had recorded 72% less rainfall than normal in August, the lowest in 10 years, said IMD.

The shortage came down to 14% by Thursday morning.

All inclusive, the national capital has recorded 7% more rains in the monsoon season thus far.

The head of the IMD’s regional forecasting center, Mr Kuldeep Srivaastava stated that the city witnessed “continuous rains overnight” and more rainfall is expected during the day.

“The axis of monsoon remains close to Delhi-NCR. Also, there is a cyclonic circulation over southwest Uttar Pradesh. Southwesterly winds from the Arabian Sea and easterly winds from the Bay of Bengal are also fed moisture,” he said.

Light rainfall will go on for next two to three days, Srivastava said.

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