A day after flooded roads, water-logging and traffic jams brought Delhi and Gurugram to a standstill, incessant rains continue to lash Delhi-NCR region on Thursday.
As a result of the heavy rainfall, a part of the road, India Gate to Ashoka Road, caved-in, in front of Bungalow No. 14, Windsor, disrupting traffic. The area has now been cordoned off, as reported by The Indian Express.
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According to the reports in The Indian Express, Delhi received 63 mm of rainfall in only three hours — from 8.30 am to 11.30 am on Wednesday.
"The maximum temperature was recorded at 30.4 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal while the minimum settled at 26 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal," a MeT official said. The humidity levels oscillated between 97 and 69 percent. Weathermen have predicted continuous downpour in the city with the possibility of thunderstorm.
"The rains will continue to lash the city on Thursday as well. The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to hover around 30 and 25 degrees Celsius," the official had said.
The Delhi police, owing to the circumstances, had issued advisory warnings to motorists and commuters, urging them to avoid 25 stretches including Ring road, Dhaula Kuan, Bhairon Road to Mathura Road, the Teen Murti roundabout, IGNOU Road, Indraprastha Flyover to Sarai Kale Khan, Barapullah flyover to DND, Ashram Chowk, Lajpat Nagar, Mayapuri, and Raja Garden, among others.
Long tailbacks were witnessed in and around Gymkhana towards Teen Murti Marg, Bhairon Road towards Mathura Road Roundabout, Gol Dak Khana, Kali Bari Marg, Leela Palace Hotel,Okhla Underpass,Chandni Chowk,Barapullah flyover towards DND, IP Flyover towards Sarai Kale Khan, Panchsheel Marg from Sardar Patel Marg to Shanti Path.
Traffic helpline officials on Wednesday had told IANS that they were flooded with calls about traffic jams and water-logging across the national capital and Gurugram.
"Reports of heavy traffic congestion and vehicles being stuck on roads are coming from different parts of the city since morning. We have till now received more than 100 calls of traffic jams and water-logging," an official of the traffic helpline had said on Wednesday.
According to American Embassy sources, US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to three religious sites in Delhi had to be cancelled due to heavy rains. However, Kerry's event at IIT-Delhi, where he was scheduled to be interacting with students, had to be delayed by an hour due to heavy rainfall, reported ANI.
John Kerry, upon his arrival at IIT-Delhi joked saying "You guys deserve an award for getting here today. I don't know if you guys came in boats or amphibious vehicles of some kind but I salute you".
However, PM Modi's response to John Kerry's dig was celebratory in nature. "It looks like the rains this time have warmly welcomed you," PM Modi said as he greeted Mr Kerry and the US delegation for talks, reports The Indian Express,
Apart from road traffic, air traffic also was affected as more than a dozen flights were delayed at Delhi's IGI airport and some flights had to be diverted to Jaipur. Many companies in Gurugram had asked their employees to work from home.
With inputs from agencies