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Heavy rain lashes parts of Capital

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Dark clouds over New Delhi on Saturday evening. It rained in some parts of the Capital. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt.

NEW DELHI, JULY 17. Heavy rain accompanied by strong winds lashed several parts of South, East and Outer Delhi along with some areas in neighbouring Ghaziabad and Gurgaon this evening. Though the day started on a bright and sunny note, dark clouds gathered by late afternoon followed by a heavy downpour that left many roads in South and East Delhi waterlogged causing traffic jams during the evening rush hour.

According to the Meteorological Department officials, 4.7 mm of rain was recorded at Palam, while at Safdarjung it was 2.6 mm. After a prolonged wait, Delhi and its neighbouring States will see some enhanced rainfall activity over the next couple of days bringing the much-needed respite from the hot and humid weather conditions, they added.

As the rain was accompanied by strong winds, several trees were uprooted in East and South Delhi leading to disruption in vehicular movement. "The busy Mehrauli Road connecting South Delhi to Gurgaon was waterlogged in the wake of the downpour and uprooted trees only aggravated the problems of motorists. As a result, traffic in this busy section was badly disrupted for hours this evening," said Krishna, a resident of South Delhi. Similar, motorists who took the road leading to Noida in East Delhi also complained of uprooted trees blocking traffic.

Residents of Sultanpur, Ghitorni, Madangir, Pushp Vihar, Saket, Mehrauli, Badarpur, Nehru Place, Malviya Nagar, Ambedkar Nagar, Mayur Vihar, Patparganj, Anand Vihar, IP Extension, Kondli, Sarita Vihar and Karkardooma were among the lucky ones to have enjoyed the first heavy downpour of this monsoon season. Similarly, residents of the satellite townships of Ghaziabad, Noida and Gurgaon also enjoyed today's heavy showers.

Meanwhile, the situation on the water and power front continued to remain grim in several parts of the Capital as a result of the delay in arrival of the monsoon. Due to major snags in 220KV grid stations of Transco at Okhla and Wazirabad, power supply to adjoining areas remained badly affected today. While residents of Sarita Vihar also had to face unscheduled power cuts due to some "local faults".

Similarly water supply in several parts of the Capital, particularly Outer and South Delhi, remained affected. Several villages in Outer Delhi including Shikarpur, Daulatpur, Khair, Kushal Vihar, Hastsal Vihar, Mundka and Bakkarwala have been reeling under a severe water crisis for the past fortnight. The situation is equally bad in several South Delhi areas like Mehrauli, Okhla, Pushp Vihar, Saket, Badapur, Vasant Kunj and Malviya Nagar.

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