Delhi's record rainfall leaves roads waterlogged, airport flooded; IMD issues orange alert

The weather department has also predicted enhance rainfall activity for other states over the weekend

FP Staff September 11, 2021 10:24:00 IST
Delhi's record rainfall leaves roads waterlogged, airport flooded; IMD issues orange alert

Rain floods the runway at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (Terminal 3) . ANI

Delhi and its adjoining areas on Saturday woke up to a cloudy morning which soon gave way to heavy rain, in line with an orange alert issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The IMD had predicted enhance rainfall activity over northwest India on 11 September. It also said that there will be an increase in rainfall activity over east central India and the west coast from 12 September.

“Thunderstorm with moderate to heavy intensity rain and winds would continue to occur over and adjoining areas of many places of Delhi NCR,” the weather department said in its latest tweet on the situation, at 7:20am.

Several parts of the city witnessed water-logging after constant rain. The weather office had issued an 'orange alert' for today. The city received 97 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours, the Met department official said.

This is the first time since 2010 that monsoon rainfall in Delhi breached the 1,000 mm mark, the highest rainfall in the national capital in 11 years.

Delhi has so far received 248.9 mm precipitation this month, surpassing the September average of 129.8 mm precipitation by a big margin. Despite the monsoon embracing Delhi only on 13 July, making it the most-delayed in 19 years, the capital had recorded 16 rainy days in the month, the maximum in the last four years.

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The string of rainy days gave 507.1 mm rainfall in Delhi, which was nearly 141 per cent above the long-period average of 210.6 mm. It was also the maximum rainfall in the month since July 2003, and the second highest ever.

People posted pictures and videos of water-logged streets on social media. One user shared a video of parts of the Indira Gandhi Airport (IGI) airport been water-logged following record rain in the national capital.

Another user posted videos of a water-logged capital and dubbed it as the 'Water Kingdom' of Delhi.

IMD predicts rainfall for other states

In addition to Delhi, the IMD has said that widespread rainfall is likely to occur over regions of Konkan and Goa, Odisha, and Chhattisgarh from 10 to 12 September.

Furthermore, the IMD has said that isolated heavy falls are likely over Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on 14 September.

Isolated heavy falls are likely over coastal Andhra Pradesh and coastal Karnataka during the next five days, over Kerala during 12 September and 14 September and over south interior Karnataka during 13 to 14 September.

The state of Gujarat, east Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh will also see widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy falls from 10 to 15 September.

On Friday, 18 roads, including two state highways, were closed in Gujarat owing to water-logging after the state received heavy rainfall in the last two days.

Earlier on Thursday, the India Meteorological Department had said that rainfall in August, which recorded 24 percent deficiency, was the lowest in 19 years. It said that two major spells of weak monsoon prevailed over the country -- from 9-16 August and 23-27 August — when northwest, central and adjoining peninsular and west coast of India had subdued rainfall activities.

This is to be noted that the southwest monsoon season officially commences from 1 June and lasts till 30 September. The month of June recorded 10 percent more rainfall, but both July and August clocked a deficiency of seven and 24 percent respectively, the IMD data said.

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