Updated: July 20, 2021 1:03:16 am
Several Gurgaon residents received a rude shock when they woke up on Monday morning to find rainwater had entered their homes, following a heavy downpour in the early hours. In areas such as sectors 7 and 10, and DLF phase 1 and 3, residents found themselves wading through ankle deep water.
As per data shared by the district administration, the Gurgaon tehsil of the district received 120 mm of rainfall between 8 am on Sunday and 8 am on Monday, and another 40 mm between 8 am and 5 pm on Monday.
Ambience Mall also had to be closed for the day after the roof of the structure began leaking. While pictures circulating on social media claimed a section of the roof had collapsed, officials from Ambience Private Limited denied this and claimed the photos were “seven to eight years old”. They said the roof had started leaking, impacting the second and third floors, and that the mall will reopen Tuesday.
Videos circulating on social media also claimed the office of Department of Town and Country Planning in Sector 14 had been flooded. The clip showed employees wading in ankle deep water. Officials from department did not respond to calls and messages seeking confirmation of the same.
Among the worst affected areas was the Sheetla Mata Mandir road, which commuters had to navigate by wading through waist deep water. As a result of waterlogging, underpasses at Medanta, Hero Honda Chowk, Rajiv Chowk and IFFCO Chowk, had to be closed for a few hours. “Gurgaon district received 196 mm rainfall in only a few hours, because of which the issue of waterlogging was more but teams of the district administration were alert and worked to resolve the problem,” said Deputy Commissioner Yash Garg.
In Delhi, meanwhile, which saw 38.4 mm of rain between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm Monday, complaints poured in from across the city to the Public Works Department (PWD) flood control room about waterlogging, clogged drains and fallen trees.
As per data by the MCD control rooms, waterlogging was reported at over 40 points.
The three MCDs manage over 400 km of small and medium drains along its roads and in residential colonies while major bigger drains are managed by the PWD. Both the MCD and PWD had claimed desilting of drains had been completed.
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