Around 10 houses in the slum area of Anna Nagar in the national capital collapsed on Sunday and were swept away due to the incessant downpour that resulted in water logging in several areas and traffic disruptions due to felling of trees.
“The Anna Nagar slums are behind the under-construction WHO headquarters, and next to a drain. Due to heavy rainfall late last night, many residents evacuated homes at night only,” Delhi Fire Service (DFS) chief Atul Garg said.
Garg added that due to continuous rains, the drain started overflowing, and by morning, the heavy flow of the drain swept everything that came in its way — houses, tiny shops and trees.
Moreover, a 56-year-old pick-up truck driver drowned while trying to manoeuvre his vehicle through the waterlogged underpass at Minto Bridge. Police said the deceased was driving a Tata Ace from New Delhi Railway Station towards Connaught Place this morning.
The DFS chief also said that they received at least three major water logging calls till 9 am Sunday. “From ITP, three people were saved, six people were rescued from Zakhira flyover, and one person from Lawrence Road flyover,” he said.
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Fatalities were reported as a result of the downpour, including the death of a 56-year-old man who allegedly drowned under the water-logged Minto Bridge in Central Delhi.
The Safdarjung observatory of the Indian Meteorological Department recorded 74.8 mm of rainfall within a span of 24 hours till 8.30 am today — the highest single day figure so far for the season this year.
Other parts of Delhi received higher rainfall, including the Ridge at 86 mm and Lodhi Road at 81.2 mm.
The Delhi Traffic Police reported water logging at 12 locations in the city as of 12 pm, including at the Paharganj entrance of the New Delhi Railway Station. It also reported felling of trees across 11 areas.
The weather body has forecast light to moderate rain in the coming days over the city till Saturday.
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