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Gurgaon: Heavy rains lash city, Met says monsoon just days away

gurgaon Updated: Jun 30, 2017 18:23 IST
Shivika Jain
Shivika Jain
Hindustan Times
Commuters wade through a waterlogged street in Gurgaon’s Sector 28 on Friday.
Commuters wade through a waterlogged street in Gurgaon’s Sector 28 on Friday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

The city’s tryst with monsoon is only a few days away. According to the Met office, heavy rainfall is forecast in Gurgaon on Saturday and a sustained spell of wet weather thereafter. A thunderstorm is forecast on Saturday as well, with the maximum temperature hovering around 33°C.

The city has been receiving showers since last week. After suffering a long, grimy spell during which the mercury shot up to disconcerting levels, residents heaved a sigh of relief as the skies turned grey and were even out enjoying the rains.

The city woke up to overcast skies on Friday. It started raining from 12pm and continued for 30 minutes. Met officials said there were scattered spells of rain since 5am but it wasn’t before 12pm that the heavens opened up and the city received heavy rain.

While the city recorded a maximum temperature of 35°C on Thursday, the minimum temperature hovered around 26°C.

However, doctors in the city advised caution saying that even as the rains on Friday brought the mercury down and gave residents some respite from the sweltering spell, they should take necessary precautions to avoid catching a viral or bacterial infections that are largely blamed on waterlogging and unhygienic conditions during the rainy season.

Commuters caught in the rain in Gurgaon’s Sector 31 on Friday.
Commuters caught in the rain in Gurgaon’s Sector 31 on Friday. ( Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO )

“Residents should take precautions during monsoon, as bacterial infections tend to catch them unawares. We advise people to stay dry as far as possible,” BK Rajora, chief medical officer, civil hospital, Gurgaon, said.

Rajesh Kumar, a senior doctor at Paras Hospital, said, “With the onset of rains, residents tend to fall for the lure of street food. This often leads to a significant jump in the number of typhoid and diarrhoea cases. Residents also run the risk of being affected by water-borne diseases. Hence, they should see to it that there is no waterlogging in areas where they reside.”

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Doctors said cases of typhoid and diarrhoea are being reported in the city everyday. Though there hasn’t been any outbreak of mosquito-borne diseases yet, the residents need to take caution, the doctors said.

First Published: Jun 30, 2017 18:22 IST