Delhi gets highest rainfall for a day,one dead

Delhi recorded 59.9 mm rainfall till 8.30 AM,so far this season's highest,while between 8.30 AM and 5.30 PM,2.8 mm of rain was recorded.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: August 29, 2012 9:51:17 pm

Delhi was today lashed by highest rainfall in a single day this monsoon season,which claimed a life,flooded the roads and gave a harrowing time to commuters due to traffic snarls

A boy was killed when a wall in Tilak Nagar Keshav Mandi,near metro station collapsed. Two men were also injured.

The three municipal bodies reported 36 complaints of waterlogging,18 of fallen trees and six complaints of collapse of building structures in the city.

In the last 24 hours,Delhi has received its highest rainfall so far this season. The total rainfall recorded this morning till 8.30 AM was 59.9 mm,while between 8.30 AM and 5.30 PM,2.8 mm of rain was recorded. On August 21,the city received 54.4 mm rains,the highest so far.

The early morning showers led to chaos in the city with people wading through knee-deep water in several areas. Pothholed roads and waterlogging,which in some cases rose upto four feet,slowed down vehicular movement causing inconvenience to office goers.

With the city witnessing rains almost everyday for over a weeek,the temperature has dipped below normal.

Today,the maximum was recorded at 31.2 degree Celsius while minimum was 23.6 deg C,both three degrees below normal,The MeT department said,adding the humidity level hovered between 81 per cent and 100 per cent.

There was water logging up to four feet high under Railway bridge in Pul Pahladpur while vehicular movement was slow from Durgapuri Chowk to Loni Border,Dabri,Maa Aanand Mai marg,Kalkaji,Govindpuri,Khanpur,Hamdard Nagar,GK-1 and Anand Parbat.

Traffic was also badly affected due to “wide and deep potholes” under and Sarita Vihar Metro Station and on service road in the carriageway going from Badarpur to Ashram,police said.

Commuters at Andrew Ganj,Lodhi flyover,Lala lajpat Rai Marg,Mahipalpur,Hari Nagar,IIT crossing to Adhchini,Yusuf Sarai Market,Munirika flyover,Badarpur border,Wazirpur industrial area,Ashok Vihar suffered due to pothholes and waterlogging.

The heavy showers since August 20 had brought down the city’s monsoon deficit to less than 20 per cent from 43 per cent earlier this month.

This month has got 330.8 mm of rains,the second highest for August in the past 12 years. The city received 455.1 mm showers in August 2010.

The city has received a total of 481.2 mm of rains during this monsoon,which had an onset on July six. The record rain for the month was in 1961 when the city received 583.3 mm of showers in August.

The weather office said more rain is expected in the next few days.

Tomorrow,the MeT department,said the city would witness a generally cloudy sky with light rains or thundershowers in some areas may occur. The temperatures would be around 32 and 24 degree Celsius.

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