Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Heavy Rains Pound Delhi; Five Dead, Waterlogging, Traffic Snarls Add To Chaos – N.F Times

New Delhi: Five people died in rain-related incidents in Delhi Friday as the Monsoon arrived with a fury early in the morning, lashing the city with its highest rainfall in a single day of June in 88 years which brought it to a standstill with streets flooded, traffic in chaos and some commuters stranded on roads.

The deceased included a cab driver who died after a portion of a canopy at the Delhi airport collapsed on cars following the rains. Flight operations were suspended at Delhi Airport’s Terminal-1 following the incident.

A 39-year-old man was electrocuted in Rohini’s Prem Nagar area after he came in contact with a live wire. Two children drowned in a rainwater pool in New Usmanpur area.

Police also said that a man in his late 20s drowned in rainwater accumulated at an underpass in northwest Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh area.

Besides, three labourers were trapped when an under-construction wall in Vasant Vihar collapsed early morning. Rescue operations continued till evening, their hopes of survival dimming with each passing minute.

In several areas, vehicles were submerged as rainwater flooded streets. Many areas experienced severe power cuts and several trees were uprooted.

In Kishanganj, passengers stuck inside a bus under the flooded Kodia Bridge underpass were pulled out by police and rescue teams. Using life jackets and water tubes tied with ropes, officials waded through the water to take out the passengers.

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