Relief gave way to frustration as heavy and sustained rain ended days of muggy weather in Delhi and its satellite cities but brought with it the usual problems — flooded streets and mile-long traffic snarls.
The downpour started at 11.30am and by the time it had ended, 123.4mm of rain had been recorded — the highest since 2009.
Predictably, the city went under with homes flooded and more than a 100 areas in Delhi and over 50 in Noida and Gurgaon waterlogged. New Friends Colony, Jamia Nagar, GK I, Noida sectors 11, 12 and 20 and Gurgaon’s Palam Vihar and Sushant Lok I were all knee-deep in water.
In Noida, power outages added to the misery. “We were without power for seven hours,” said Bhawna Mallik of sector 19A.
Traffic promptly went into a crawl, despite the absence of weekday rush. Cariappa Marg, Saket, Nehru Place, Kalkaji, ITO and Alakhnanda saw serpentine jams.
It took some people an hour to cover just two kilometers. “I waited at a single red light for half an hour,” said Pankaj Mehta of Pushp Vihar.
Metro commuters had their share of problems too. The flooded Malviya Nagar and Saket stations were shut down for over five hours and passengers travelling on the Gurgaon line were asked to deboard at the Udyog Bhawan station after sparks were noticed on the track.
Water entered parts of Terminal 3 yet again but flight schedules were not affected.
Northern Railway services were also hit with 13 trains that were to pass through the Capital delayed.
Keep your umbrellas handy. The weatherman has forecast more rain on Sunday and Monday, though not as heavy as Saturday’s spell.