The thunderstorm and rain on Monday evening may have brought residents some respite from the scorching heat but the storm also uprooted several huge trees across the city, leading to traffic jams.
The downpour brought the temperature down by 13.5 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature on Monday was recorded at 40.9 degree Celsius and it shot down to 27.4 degree Celsius in the evening.
The uprooted trees fell across roads in areas such as sectors 17, 14, 45, and 29, Sushant Lok and DLF colonies. A few trees also fell on cars and compound walls of the houses.
“A huge tree fell on the boundary wall of the neighbouring house after the dust storm. The wall was damaged a little. The storm was very heavy and a lot of branches fell on roads,” Ravi Arora of DLF Phase 1 said.
Some residents, who were driving during the storm, said that they are lucky to avoid major accidents because of the low visibility.
“I was driving on Sector 29 road when a huge branch suddenly fell on the road. Luckily, I was not at a very high speed and halted immediately,” Harshi Pande of South City 1, said.
A few people, who had come for dinner at the market in Sector 29, had to clear off branches and leaves on their cars.
“A branch of a neem tree fell on my Maruti Swift while I was having dinner at a nearby restaurant. My wife and I struggled for an hour, after which I sought help from people nearby to remove the branch,” Anurag Singh, an IT professional, said.