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Heavy rain lashes Delhi, commuters stuck again

IANS  New Delhi, August 16, 2013
First Published: 11:43 IST(16/8/2013) | Last Updated: 11:45 IST(16/8/2013)

As heavy rain lashed the national capital on Friday morning, commuters were yet again left stranded during peak hour, thanks to flooded roads and poor drainage.

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"We are getting many complaints of traffic jams due to choked drains," said a traffic police official. "Traffic is stuck in Nizamuddin, Greater Kailash-1 and Safdarjung in south Delhi."

Pedestrians as well as people riding motorcycles and scooters were seen taking shelter under Metro over-bridges and other places, creating further traffic bottlenecks.

"I am stuck on the Ring Road. I fail to understand why as soon as it rains, the roads start getting choked," said Akansha Singh of south Delhi.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the city received 15.6mm of rain from 8.30am on Thursday to 8.30am on Friday. There were also spells when the showers were reduced to a drizzle on Friday morning.

The minimum temperature too settled a notch below average for this time of the year at 24.5 degrees Celsius.

The meteorological department has forecast rain till Saturday morning.

"The sky will remain cloudy, with rain and thundershowers in some parts of the city," said an IMD official, adding that maximum and minimum temperatures will stay around 32 and 25 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Humidity at 8.30am on Friday stood at 97%.

Since the monsoon’s arrival in June this year, Delhi has received 539.6mm of rain, 29% more than average.

Thursday's maximum temperature was three notches below average for the season at 30.7 degrees Celsius, while the minimum was two notches below average at 24.7 degrees Celsius.


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