Delhi: Heavy rains lash national capital, low-lying areas waterlogged

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Updated: Jul 21, 2020 6:01 PM

Rainfall below 15 mm is considered light, between 15 mm and 64.5 mm is moderate, and above 64.5 mm is heavy, according to the IMD.

On Sunday, at least four people died as heavy rains lashed the city, inundating low-lying areas and bringing traffic to a standstill at key stretches.

A fresh spell of heavy rains lashed the national capital on Tuesday, inundating low-lying areas and affecting traffic movement in parts of the city.

Residents shared on social media pictures and videos of rainwater gushing into their houses and vehicles navigating waterlogged roads.

Kuldeep Srivastava, head of the regional forecasting centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), said major weather stations in Delhi, including Safdarjung and Lodhi Road, recorded around 20 mm rainfall.

He said light rains are likely the city till Wednesday morning. Thereafter, isolated light rainfall is predicted for two to three days.

The convergence of moist easterly winds from the Bay of Bengal and southwesterly winds from the Arabian Sea is likely to continue over northwest India for another two-three days, weather experts said.

The monsoon trough is also running through the region. These two factors together led to moderate to heavy rains in Delhi-NCR, they said.

Earlier, the IMD had predicted isolated heavy to very heavy rains in Delhi and neighbouring areas on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“The rainfall intensity and distribution are very likely to decrease significantly thereafter,” it had said.

The Safdarjung Observatory has recorded 127.2 mm rainfall against the normal of 129 mm in July so far.

On Sunday, at least four people died as heavy rains lashed the city, inundating low-lying areas and bringing traffic to a standstill at key stretches.

According to the IMD, the Safdarjung Observatory had recorded 74.8 mm rainfall on Sunday.

Ridge and Lodhi Road weather stations had recorded 86 mm and 81.2 mm rainfall, respectively.

Rainfall below 15 mm is considered light, between 15 mm and 64.5 mm is moderate, and above 64.5 mm is heavy, according to the IMD.

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