First monsoon showers lay bare City Vulnerable
Rains on Friday and Saturday might have brought a relief from the harrowing summer for Delhiites, but it also brought back the horror of waterlogged roads leading to long traffic jams across the city.Updated: Jul 08, 2012 00:39 IST
Rains on Friday and Saturday might have brought a relief from the harrowing summer for Delhiites, but it also brought back the horror of waterlogged roads leading to long traffic jams across the city.
The heavy downpour also washed away tall claims made by the civic agencies of having completed de-silting of all storm water drains.
The city recorded a combined rainfall of 25 mm on Friday night and Saturday morning. The helpline number of the three civic bodies received 41 complaints of waterlogging on Saturday. Three trees were also uprooted.
Walls and buildings collapsed at 14 places, including Dwarka and Mayur Vihar. Severe waterlogging was reported from Vasant Kunj, Saket, Vasant Vihar, MB Road, Rohini, RK Puram, Dilshad Garden, Geeta Colony, Lajpat Nagar, East of Kailash, Jangpura Extension and other areas.
The civic agencies, however, claimed that the situation was much better as compared to the last year.
But the significant drop in mercury helped the people remain calm even while being stuck in the jam. The maximum temperature on Saturday was recorded at 30.3 degrees Celsius, six degrees below normal. The minimum remained at 23.2 degrees Celsius, four degrees below normal. The humidity, however, rose to 98%.
Rain is also expected on Sunday with the temperature predicted to remain between 33 degrees and 24 degrees.
The monsoon has reached Delhi eight days late from its June 29 date with the city.
First Published: Jul 08, 2012 00:36 IST