Brand-new DELHI/BHABHUA (Bihar)/MALDA (WB): Incessant monsoon showers across several parts of the country continued to pour miseries on Sunday.
Normal life was disrupted in Delhi as heavy rain lashed the city for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday, submerging several low-lying areas and leading to traffic snarls at busy intersections.
Water logging at several places in South Delhi, Central Delhi and East Delhi led to traffic jams across the city including ITO, Vikas Marg, South Extension, Khanpur, Mahipalpur, Hari Nagar, IIT crossing, Nehru Place, Yusuf Sarai Market and Munirka.
However, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed that there was much less water logging this year.
“200 mm rains in last 36hrs. Govts continuous monitoring and intervention. Much less water logging than last years. We’ll keep improving,” Kejriwal tweeted.
Meanwhile, traffic also crawled at major intersections such as Laxmi Nagar, Kashmere Gate, Dwarka, Dhaula Kuan, Sarai Kale Khan, Moolchand, Karkarduma, Rajghat, Kalindi Kunj among others, said traffic department.
Safdarjung observatory received 68.6 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours till 8.30am whereas areas under Lodhi road, Ayanagar, Ridge and Palam recorded 78.2mm, 77.4mm, 76.2mm and 98.4mm rainfall.
Met department has actually forecast more rain in the next 24 hours.
“The skies will be generally cloudy. Intermittent rain and thunder shower would certainly occur in several areas. Heavy rain could occur at few places. The maximum temperature is likely to settle at 27 degrees celsius,” said a MeT department official.
Till Saturday, Delhi received 147.8 mm rainfall, the highest this season.
Roads and bylanes in several localities were submerged due to choked drains while traffic signals were not functioning in several areas.
Also in some low-lying areas, rainwater flooded the basements of flats and residents had a harrowing time pumping it out.
Workers from the public works department and municipal corporations were seen trying to drain out water in some areas.
Tress were uprooted in several areas and vehicles broke down on roads causing traffic jams.
Delhi government set up a 24/7 helpline for monsoon related woes on Friday but accepted that the problems couldn’t be solved immediately.
Residents could call on helpline number 1800118595 and register their complaints about waterlogging.
3 killed in wall collapse, 1 injured in Bihar
Three members of a family were killed and another injured when the wall of a home collapsed due to incessant rains in Bihar’s Kaimur district, a police officer said on Sunday.
The wall caved in during torrential rains trapping three women members of a family and a girl under the debris at Gehun village on Saturday evening, superintendent of police (SP) Sunil Kumar Naik said.
As a result three of them died on the spot, while another sustained injuries, he said.
The deceased were Sheela Devi (45), her daughter-in-law Asha Devi (28), grand-daughter Jyoti Kumar (12), he said. The injured woman, identified as Maya Devi, was taken to a government hospital.
Three killed in wall collapse incidents in UP
Three people, including a minor, were killed in two separate incidents of wall collapse due to heavy rain in UP, police said today.
Two people, including a 10-year-old boy, died while two others were injured when on Saturday a wall collapsed in Bhulbhulia village at Sadarpur area here, they said.
In another incident at Goraiha village in Imalia Sultanpur area here, a 25-year-old man died after a wall collapsed on him due to heavy rain, police said.
Bodies of the deceased have actually been sent for postmortem, they said.
Tracks cave in at two places in Malda division
In West Bengal, train services in Malda division of Eastern Railway was affected on Sunday as tracks caved in two places following incessant rain.
Divisional railway manager Rajesh Argal said several trains were diverted through Bihar while few had to be cancelled.
The caveins occured at Jamirghata near Gour Malda station where 100 metre tracks sank and at Sujnipara where some portion of the track similarly stuck in the soft soil, the official said.
Due to the developments the Puri-Kamakhya Express, Garib Rath Express and Brahmaputra Mail, plying in the double line, had to be diverted through Bihar.
The running of Azimganj Malda Town Passenger and Malda Howrah Passenger, plying along single line, were disrupted for the same reasons.
Railway officials were at work to restore the tracks and normalise train movement on both single and double line stretches in the section by this afternoon, he said.