Early morning rainfall in Delhi and the national capital region inundated vast stretches of roads on Monday, triggering mile-long traffic snarls and a commute nightmare for thousands of officegoers.
Social media was flooded with photos of people wading through knee-deep water and cars negotiating massive waterlogging on arterial roads, including the Ring Road and Outer Ring Road.
Commuters reported that cab prices went through the roof within an hour of rainfall and police reported many underpasses were inundated. The weather department reported 23.8 mm of rain between Sunday night and Monday morning.
Traffic advisories asked commuters to avoid Lodhi Road, Moolchand, Ring Road, CR Park, Jasola and Yusuf Sarai as heavy congestion was reported in parts of north and south Delhi due to roads caving in.
Traffic jams were reported in Ghaziabad and Noida due to waterlogging at several places. Vehicles to Delhi from Noida and Greater Noida was moving at a snail’s pace due to rain since the morning .
The weather department has forecast heavier rain for the Capital this season compared to the previous couple of years but experts say the city is unprepared to tackle the downpour because of silting drains and a poor sewage system.