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First spell of monsoon mayhem lashes Capital

Delhiites may have been waiting for the arrival of monsoon with bated breath, but Monday's downpour brought the city to a standstill with waterlogging leading to massive traffic jams.

delhi Updated: Jun 27, 2011 23:16 IST
HT Correspondent

Delhiites may have been waiting for the arrival of monsoon with bated breath, but Monday's downpour brought the city to a standstill with waterlogging leading to massive traffic jams. The heavy rains also washed away tall claims made by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) of having completed desilting of all stormwater drains under their jurisdiction.

The MCD control room received 36 complaints of waterlogging, 18 complaints of uprooted trees and one incident of building cave-in due to rains. An incident of road cave-in was also reported from Kranti Chowk in north Delhi .

The Met department has predicted more rainfall in the coming three days. Since the monsoon has already reached the city, consistent rainfall will be seen in the coming month. Total rainfall from Sunday night till Tuesday evening was 10.5 mm and at Palam this figure stood at 24.5 mm.

The Delhi traffic police said traffic was affected in many parts such as Connaught Place, Mall Road, Malviya Nagar, Bagga Link in Karol Bagh, New Rohtak Road, Britania Chowk, Sagarpur, Bawana, Munirka, among others.

To take stock of the current situation, mayor Rajni Abbi held a meeting with senior MCD officials, including all the 12 deputy commissioners, Monday.

The mayor said that MCD has at its disposal 105 permanent water pumps working at 95% capacity to get rid of stagnant water. The civic body is also trying to increase the working capacity of these pumps to run them at 100%, she said.

Besides the permanent water pumps, the civic agency has also deployed 625 portable water pumps to drain out water on need basis.

"I have issued directions to all deputy commissioners to deploy manpower and equipment without delay to ensure a smooth monsoon for Delhiites. The deputy commissioners have also been told to purchase pumps and pipes in case they feel there is shortage of equipment," said Abbi.

Safdarjung recorded 10.6 mm rain between Sunday night and Monday evening. The temperatures rose three degrees from Sunday, but was still modest at 34.0 degrees, four degrees below normal. The minimum temperature was recorded at 26.4 degrees.

The humidity at 95%, however, was enough to make people sweat it out as soon as it stopped raining.

On Monday, the minimum temperature was recorded at 25 degrees Celsius and maximum was recorded at 31 degrees Celsius.