July 12, 2015 2:00:20 am
Till Saturday, Delhi received 147.8 mm rainfall — the highest this season. While the MeT department clarified that no records were broken, life still came to a standstill in the national capital. Incidents of waterlogging were reported from across the city, leading to traffic snarls.
Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Director B P Yadav said, “Delhi has received 147.8 mm rainfall, the highest of the season till now. However no record has been broken.”
The Safdarjung observatory — whose reading is considered the official figure for the city — received 147.8 mm rainfall till 5.30 pm whereas areas under Palam, Ridge, Ayanagar and Lodhi Road recorded 162.4 mm, 120.8 mm, 118.5 mm and 155.4 mm rainfall respectively in the same period.
Though the continuing downpour meant that the maximum temperature settled at 26.5 degrees Celsius— nine notches below the season’s average and the lowest in July in the last four decades — it was of little comfort for those who found their cars flooded.
“You expect and fear waterlogging in parts of South and East Delhi. But on Saturday, while I was driving through Central Delhi, water seeped into my car. There was water till people’s thighs and only SUVs were being able to drive through. It seemed as if the city was completely unprepared for this,” Rishabh Sharma, a PhD student, said.
Traffic police said snarls were reported from many parts of the city, including Dhaula Kuan, Ashram, Nehru Place, Panchsheel, Mahipalpur near the Indira Gandhi International airport and ITO junction, while many roads in East Delhi were virtually impossible to use because of the extent of the water-logging.
With the MeT department predicting heavy showers in the next 48 hours in parts of the city, the situation is not expected to improve. Cloudy skies, intermittent rain and thundershowers along with “heavy to very heavy showers at few places during the next 48 hours” were predicted by the department.
Meanwhile, residents questioned the city’s preparedness for the monsoon. “Three days of rain and the city has stopped functioning. There’s water everywhere and no matter what the government has been saying about being prepared for the monsoons, it doesn’t seem like they are at all. With more rainfall on the way, I don’t even know what will happen to the city,” Vinod Rajput, a resident of South Extension, said.
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