Several areas witnessed traffic snarls and waterlogging after the city was lashed by heavy rainfall on Thursday.
The observatory at Delhi Ridge recorded 21.6 mm rainfall while one at Lodhi Road recorded 18.6 mm rainfall till Thursday evening. The Safdarjung observatory recorded 14.8 mm of rainfall till 5.30 p.m. on Thursday.
“Friday will see a generally cloudy sky moderate rainfall. However, one or two spells may be heavy. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 29 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature is expected to be around 24 degrees Celsius” said a Meteorological Department official. The heavy downpour that continued till late evening in Delhi-NCR brought traffic to a standstill on several stretches. “We got 29 calls reporting waterlogging. They were forwarded to civic agencies concerned. We have deployed extra cops till late evening to ensure smooth traffic flow,” said a senior traffic police officer. To keep the motorist updated, the Delhi Traffic Police was tweeting constantly about alternate routes. “The breakdown vehicles further deteriorated the situation. We had already put cranes on standby to remove brake down vehicles from roads,” the official added.
The civic agencies stated that waterlogging was identified in 19 places. While Karol Bagh was the only area reported to be waterlogged in north Delhi, several areas in the east Delhi including New Ashok Nagar, Ghazipur, Wazirabad road Yamuna Vihar reported the same issue. The civic bodies also said that trees were reported fallen at seven areas including Kalkaji and Aya Nagar in south Delhi and Lahori Gate in north Delhi. At 28.7 degrees Celsius, the maximum temperature of the day had dipped six notches, said a Met official, adding that the minimum temperature was 26 degrees Celsius.
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