Tuesday, July 20: This year, residents of Delhi-NCR had to wait for a lot longer than usual for the revival of monsoon showers. The delayed arrival of the southwest monsoon kept the conditions warm in the region, forcing Delhiites to face the brunt of scorching hot weather across the national capital.
But last week, the monsoon winds finally arrived over the remaining parts of northwest India, bringing along the first spell of monsoon showers in several parts of the National Capital Region, including Delhi.
While the rains brought respite from the heat, they have also carried along with some fair share of woes. The incessant downpour since has created several incidents of inundation in Delhi and its surrounding region, and with the monsoon remaining active, more intense showers are on the cards for Delhi-NCR.
Rains, thunderstorms in forecast
The latest forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) highlights that light to moderate rainfall will continue over most places of Delhi for the next 24 hours. Moreover, some areas may also witness moderate to severe thunderstorms with lightning.
The regional met department in Delhi adds that some parts of NCR may also be in for heavy to very heavy rains with thunderstorms and lightning on Tuesday, July 20. Accordingly, an orange alert has been issued over Delhi for this day, with the advisory instructing residents to ‘be prepared’ for the adverse weather conditions.
Amid the wet weather, the capital will record maximum temperatures in the range of 32°C for the day.
Heavy rains lead to inundation, road cave-ins
Parts of Delhi were on the receiving end of heavy showers through Monday, July 19. In the last 24 hours, heavy rainfall lashed several places of NCR, including Gurugram (145 mm), Narela (104 mm), Palam (99.3 mm), Pitampura (70.5 mm), Lodhi Road (62 mm) and Ridge (58 mm).
Due to the prevalence of wet conditions, the residents of Delhi witnessed a sudden yet drastic fall in the mercury levels by 8°C, as the daytime temperatures were noted to be around 26.5 °C. As per reports, this was the lowest daytime temperature for the season since July 30, 2014, over Delhi. Meanwhile, most places of the NCR noted a significant drop in temperatures by 5.1°C.
The downpour also led to inundation at nearly 150 waterlogging-prone stretches across the national capital, including Minto Bridge, Pul Prahladpur, Zakhira, Moolchand and Peeragarhi. Day-long rains typically lead to waterlogging in these locations, thereby creating traffic snarls on roads.
Multiple flooding reports emerged early on Monday, especially in areas including Sangam Vihar, Ambedkar Nagar, Ring Road, Pragati Maidan, Palam, and Kirari.
As per reports, a 27-year-old man also lost his life after he drowned at a railway underpass in south Delhi’s Pul Prahladpur area on Monday—apparently while attempting to click a selfie in the rains. According to the Delhi Police, the area was water-logged due to the rains since Sunday night, and they suspect the man slipped and drowned.
In another bizarre rain-related incident, incessant showers also caused the collapse of a portion of a road in Dwarka’s Sector 18, where a car got stuck. Later, the car was removed with the help of a crane, and no injuries have been reported.
(With inputs from IANS)
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