Evening storm halts city

Summer rains lashed the city on Saturday evening,providing residents a much-needed respite from the searing heat.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 13, 2012 2:20 am

Summer rains lashed the city on Saturday evening,providing residents a much-needed respite from the searing heat. The downpour inundated roads and brought traffic to a standstill in many parts of the city. Winds blowing at nearly 100 km/hour were the strongest recorded so far this season.

Around 5 pm,the Safdurjung and Palam stations of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) recorded wind speeds of 98 and 95 km/hour.

Palam,Lodhi road,Ridge,Pusa and Delhi University stations of the Met recorded rainfall on Saturday evening. The Ridge and Delhi University stations recorded the maximum rainfall at 9.4 and 6 mm by 5.30 pm. The Safdurjung and Palam stations reported 1.4 and 1.6 mm of rainfall at 8.30 pm.

Meteorological Department officials said the showers were caused by Western disturbances and will last till Sunday.

“The city received more rain on Saturday than over the last two days. At nearly 100 km per hour,the winds were the strongest this season. The western disturbances are expected to lift by Sunday and we don’t expect any rainfall tomorrow,” said B P Yadav of the IMD.

For Sunday,the weatherman has predicted temperatures of between 39 and 26 degrees Celsius,with chances of thundershowers and partly cloudy skies in the evening.

On Saturday,temperatures touched a maximum of 40.3 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 25.2 degrees Celsius. Pusa station recorded the lowest temperature on Saturday at 22.7 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 39.3 degree Celsius.

POWER OUTAGES

Strong winds led to power failures in several areas of North,East and South Delhi as three major power transmission lines tripped. Major transmission lines of Delhi Transco Ltd,which maintains the network in the city,tripped at Wazirabad,Mandola and Rajghat areas affecting supply to many areas of the city,Power department officials said. Transmission at the Bawana power plant also tripped,officials said.

Trees fell on transmission lines in South Delhi,affect power supply to GK-II,the officials said.

TREES UPROOTED

The storm brought down trees and inundated roads,severely affecting vehicular movement across the Capital. Traffic on Aurobindo Marg was reportedly jammed for over half an hour. In Ashok Vihar,a tree fell on a swift car injuring three persons.

Ring Road near Hyatt Hotel,a tree fell in the middle of the road,blocking traffic. “Nizamuddin flyover was completely blocked due to water-logging for over half an hour. All traffic personnel were on the roads trying to manage the situation,” a traffic personnel said.

A tree also fell near Rashtrapati Bhawan Gate Number 31 blocking traffic. Lodhi Road was blocked for over an hour. A tree fell on the main carriageway on Adhchini Chowk and cutting an electric cable fell and throwing traffic out of gear.

Khanpur,Chawla Nagar,Punjabi Bagh market,Rajkori flyover towards Kapasera and Lothia bridge were other affected areas.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg said,“Traffic was thrown out gear due to uprooted trees and water-logging in various parts. It took time for the traffic personnel to remove the trees and resume vehicular movement. Extra officials were deployed to ease congestion on various stretches.”

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