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Delhi still waterlogged morning after deluge

delhi Updated: Jul 28, 2009 10:56 IST

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There were massive traffic jams in key intersections, many places continued to be waterlogged and several underpasses were still submerged -- the nightmare of Monday's deluge spilled over to the morning Tuesday and commuters faced a harrowing time getting to work.

Traffic lights were not working in several key areas and long power cuts seemed to be the order of the day, the morning after 126 mm of rainfall Monday evening almost submerged the city and its suburbs. The met department has forecast more heavy showers later on Tuesday.

Traffic snarls were seen at places like Dhaula Kaun, Minto Road, Moolchand flyover, where the underpass was still waterlogged, Badarpur and parts of east Delhi connecting Noida and Ghaziabad.

Many underpasses were completely waterlogged, resulting in complete chaos on the arterial Ring Road. The flooding of the Moolchand underpass resulted in traffic piling up to Sarai Kale Khan on one side and the Africa Avenue crossing on the other, each about four km away. All cross roads were also jammed as a consequence.

After a bitter experience travelling during Monday night's downpour, many Delhiites left for their workplaces really early, but still got caught in a sea of vehicles.

"I have an important meeting scheduled with foreign delegates and I started an hour early for my office in Noida so that I can reach on time," said Raj Verma, a manager with an IT company.

Delhi Mayor Kanwar Sain apologised to the residents for the problems they faced due to the heavy showers. He assured that all employees of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) were working to bring things back on track.

"The problem increased following the construction work of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and Delhi Jal Board in various parts of the capital. I am myself looking after the clearing-up process and things will be normal in the next two-three hours," Sain said mid-morning Tuesday.

The heavy rainfall Monday had brought the national capital to a standstill. Delhiites had to deal with waterlogging, power cuts, mayhem on the roads and water even seeped into many houses in low-lying areas of east Delhi and south Delhi.

The rainfall has brought down the minimum temperature by three notches to 23.6 degrees Celsius. The humidity rose to 100 percent Tuesday morning.