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Heavy rain in Delhi-NCR leads to traffic, water-logging; to continue till Sunday

Delhi recorded its second heaviest spell of monsoon rain this season, as the downpour that started on Thursday pounded the city through the night and into Friday before letting up at noon.

delhi Updated: Jul 27, 2018 22:48 IST
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Commuters wade through a waterlogged street near Zakir Hussian College in New Delhi, on Friday. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)

Delhi recorded its second heaviest spell of monsoon rain this season, as the downpour that started on Thursday pounded the city through the night and into Friday before letting up at noon. Heavy rain also lashed other parts of the National Capital Region (NCR) centred on Delhi, such as Ghaziabad and Noida .

In Uttar Pradesh, meanwhile, 33 people were killed and about two dozen injured as heavy rain wreaked havoc in different parts of the state, state relief commissioner Sanjay Kumar said on Friday.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast that intermittent showers are likely until at least till Sunday in the NCR although their intensity, distribution and duration will diminish as the weather systems that triggered the rain are weakening.

“While Safdarjung area, which is taken to be a representative of Delhi’s weather, received around 45.8 mm rain between 8:30 am on Thursday and 8:30 am on Friday, it received another 2mm of rain between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm on Friday, taking the total rain to around 47 mm,” said a senior IMD official.

It was the heaviest spell of rain recorded by the capital since Safdarjung received 52.4 mm of rain on July 16

Until 5:30 pm, Palam received around 39 mm, Lodhi Road around 53 mm, Ridge area around 48 mm and Aya Nagar around 43 mm. On Friday, Gautam Budh Nagar, which includes Noida, recorded 98mm of rainfall while Ghaziabad received 39.2 mm.

A three-storey building collapsed in Garhi Chaukhandi village in Noida on Friday morning, purportedly because of a weak foundation and poor quality of construction material used by the builder. The Noida authority had sealed it about four months back as the building had come up on government land.

The water level of the Yamuna in Delhi breached the warning level of 204m after Haryana released more water.

The building collapse prompted the Noida authority to seal other unsafe buildings in the same village. It also demolished nine unsafe structures next to the collapsed building.

Vehicles stuck in heavy traffic jam at Delhi-Gurugram Expressway. ( Yogendra Kumar/HT Photo )

The district administrations of Delhi have already deployed boats ,and quick response teams have been formed to alert people living in low -lying areas of the Yamuna flood plains about the rising water level. Boats have been deployed and announcements were being made through mikes.

In Ghaziabad, the 116 families of Vartalok and Pragya Kunj housing societies affected by a road cave-in on Thursday will have to spend another night outside their homes as dozens of workers continued repair work in the Vasundhara neighbourhood on Friday. According to an initial assessment by the Central Road Research Institute, engineers have suggested plugging the gap left by the cave-in with sandbags. Officials estimate that the repair work will be completed by Saturday.

“In case repair work gets prolonged, we will try to make arrangements for residents,” said Ritu Maheshwari, district magistrate of Ghaziabad.

Meanwhile, a major portion of earth was eroded from one of the 226 pillars of the 10.3-km long Hindon elevated road near GT Road on late Thursday night. Officials of the Ghaziabad Development Authority plugged the area and said the road is structurally safe as each of the pillars has a foundation up to a depth of 30 metre below the ground.

The heavy rains resulted in water-logging in several parts of Delhi. Delhi Traffic Police advised commuters to avoid some stretches such as Mehrauli Bypass, RTR Marg, Okhla Mandi and Sarita Vihar, among others, where heavy traffic snarls were reported because of water-logging.

In UP, six deaths were reported from Agra, four from Mainpuri and three deaths each in Muzaffarnagar and Kasganj. Also, two deaths each were reported from Meerut and Bareilly while one death each was reported from 13 other districts. The MET office said thundershowers were likely to continue at many places across the state.

First Published: Jul 27, 2018 22:42 IST