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Evening storm lashes Delhi, kills 11

The Capital received the heaviest rainfall of the season on Monday evening. But the respite from three days of heat and sweat was also mired by reports of 11 deaths from across the city after the downpour. HT reports.

delhi Updated: Jul 13, 2010 09:36 IST
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The Capital received the heaviest rainfall of the season on Monday evening. But the respite from three days of heat and sweat was also mired by reports of 11 deaths from across the Capital after the downpour.

Six people — two at Dariba Kalan in Chandni Chowk and one at Mori Gate in north Delhi, two in Mansarovar Park in Northwest Delhi and one in Central Delhi's Patel Nagar — died of electrocution.

Another five, including two children, died in incidents of wall collapse in Jhilmil and Vivek vihar in East Delhi.

The squall started close to 6 pm and brought down the mercury from 36.5 degrees Celsius at 4 pm to a pleasant 24 degrees four hours later.

Long traffic jams were reported from Geeta Colony, Dhaula Kuan, MB Road and Ashram Chowk.

The condition was even worse on Barakhamba Road, RK Ashram Marg and Mother Teresa Crescent where construction works related to the upcoming Commonwealth Games are taking place.

The rainfall also led to acute air traffic congestion at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Due to the torrential rains around 8 pm and a strong tailwind, the visibility runway visibility dropped, affecting flight operations. All evening flights were delayed by 30 minutes to 45 minutes.

The Met department's Safdarjung observatory recorded 54.1 mm of rainfall that also uprooted 33 trees, left several areas inundated across the city.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi received 32 waterlogging complaints from various areas.

The rain led to waterlogging outside the domestic airport, especially the low-lying arrival terminal 1C.

The Metro was not spared either as the Dwarka line experienced technical glitches at the Jhandewalan station at 6:40 in the evening.