As Delhi reeled under a spate of rain-related diseases, officials of the India Meteorological Department said the monsoon was going to persist in Delhi for at least five more days.
“… There is no chance of its withdrawal from Delhi in the next five days at least. It will take more time,” said B P Yadav, director, weather forecasting, India Meteorological Department.
The monsoon months often see a spike in vector-borne diseases, spread by aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which thrive in high humidity and temperatures between 25-35 degrees Celsius.
The number of dengue and chikungunya cases start coming down two weeks after the withdrawal of monsoon, said doctors. The capital has received 521.8 mm of rain between June 1 and September 15 this year, said IMD officials.
* In the past five years, Delhi has received normal or above normal monsoon rainfall only twice, in 2013 and 2016.
* In 2015, almost 16,000 dengue and chikungunya cases were reported in Delhi.
* In 2016 has seen the highest number of chikungunya cases in Delhi.