NEW DELHI/ GURUGRAM: Late to reach but the south-west monsoon has now brought more rainfall in July than seen in the last 18 years, with Tuesday morning’s heavy showers inundating the Capital as commuters tried to navigate waterlogged streets, waterlogging near Dhaula Kuan caused trouble to those going to and from the airport, and traffic came to a crawl in several key junctions.
The IMD said that the Safdarjung observatory recorded over 100mm rainfall in the last 24 hours and that the Capital had received 381mm rainfall in July so far - the highest in 18 years. Tuesday’s showers also saw the maximum rainfall in 24 hours in the month of July in eight years.
According to IMD data, the Safdarjung Observatory has gauged 108 per cent excess rainfall so far. Normally, Delhi records 210.6 mm precipitation in July. The all-time record is 632.2 mm precipitation in July, 2003, according to IMD data.
Key road stretches across Delhi, including near Pragati Maidan in the central part of the city and Dhaula Kuan in the southern part were waterlogged, affecting traffic movement.
Waterlogging was also seen at Mathura Road, Moti Bagh, Vikas Marg, Ring Road, Rohtak Road, Sangam Vihar and Kirari, among other places.
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