1 Dead after Heavy Rains Flood Delhi Roads, Traffic Jams Witnessed as Waterlogging Adds to Woes

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A bus obtained caught in a waterlogged highway below Minto Bridge following heavy rainfall within the nationwide capital on Sunday morning. (Image: ANI)

Waterlogging in low-lying areas and roads is more likely to have an effect on visitors motion, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) stated in a forecast for Delhi-NCR issued at 6:30 am.

Last Updated: July 19, 2020, 12:59 PM IST

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Waterlogging in a number of areas of the nationwide capital on account of heavy rains affected motion of visitors within the metropolis on Sunday, officers stated. A 56-year-old man died allegedly on account of drowning after his mini-truck was submerged in water below the Minto Bridge in Delhi’s Barakhamba locality.

The man, recognized as Kundan Kumar, was a resident of Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. He was driving a Tata Ace from the New Delhi Railway Station to Connaught Place when he obtained caught within the waterlogged locality, they stated.

While he was attempting to manoeuvre his automobile by way of the waterlogged underpass, Kumar obtained caught and allegedly died on account of drowning, stated a senior police officer. He used to drive the automobile, owned by his cousin Pritam, to move items, police stated.

Kumar used to dwell close to a taxi stand in Shankar Market locality and is survived by his spouse and two daughters, they stated. His body has been shifted to a mortuary at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital whereby it is going to be handed over to his family after autopsy.

Police stated they suspected that he died on account of drowning since no exterior damage marks had been discovered on his body. Inquest proceedings have been initiated on this regard, they stated.

Several homes have additionally been washed away in Anna Colony close to ITO as heavy rainfall resulted within the sewage water being washed out.

The Delhi Traffic Police posted alerts on Twitter to tell commuters about waterlogged roads.

However, the Delhi govt shortly took charge of the flood and eliminated extra water from most areas. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter and shared an image of a transparent highway close to the Minto Bridge.

मिंटो ब्रिज से जलभराव निकाल दिया गया है। आज सुबह से ही मैं एजेंसियों के संपर्क में था और वहां से पानी हटाने की प्रक्रिया मॉनिटर कर रहा था। दिल्ली में ऐसे और भी स्थानों पर हम नजर रखे हुए हैं। जहाँ भी पानी इकट्ठा हुआ है उसे तुरंत पम्प किया जा रहा हैं। pic.twitter.com/psMClLuoxf

— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 19, 2020

Delhi acquired its first spell of heavy rains this morning which inundated low-lying areas. Several stretches the place building work is happening additionally reported waterlogging.

Many residents shared on social media movies and footage of rainwater gushing into their homes and autos wading by way of waterlogged roads.

Traffic slowed down from Azadpur to Mukarba Chowk on account of waterlogging close to GTK Depot, in accordance with police.

Traffic snarls had been additionally reported at Minto Road, Mathura Road, Outer Ring Road, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road and Ashram Chowk.

“Traffic is affected from Yashwant Place to Ashoka Road on account of water logging,” the Delhi Traffic Police stated in a sequence of alerts posted on Twitter.

“Traffic is affected on Ring Road below Dhaula Kuan Flyover, GGP PDR highway (each carriageways) and close to Mundka Metro station (each carriageways) on account of water logging,” it stated.

Meanwhile, a DTC bus and two auto-rickshaws had been caught on the Minto Bridge underpass on account of waterlogging, following which three people had been rescued, Delhi Fire Service officers stated.

A name concerning the stranded autos on the Minto Bridge underpass was acquired round 7.54 am. A group from the Delhi Fire Service was rushed to the spot for rescue work, Atul Garg, Director, Delhi Fire Service, stated.

“A DTC bus and two autos had been trapped on account of water-logging. The driver and conductor of the bus and an auto driver had been safely rescued by our personnel. There was no passenger within the bus,” he stated.

The fire service personnel used a ladder to bridge the hole from a footpath and the low ground bus that was nearly submerged on the closely waterlogged underpass, to rescue the stranded.

Waterlogging on the concave railway underpass (Minto Bridge) throughout the wet season is a recurring concern. Incidents of autos getting caught and people being rescued have been reported previously as nicely.

Movement of visitors has additionally been affected at W level, Ramcharan Aggarwal Chowk and from Ring Road in direction of Bhairon Road on account of waterlogging, the police knowledgeable commuters.

(With inputs from PTI)

[Attribution News18]

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