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In pics: Rain lashes Delhi-NCR; Gurugram severely hit, IMD issues alert

Many parts of the national capital region, including Gurugram, remained flooded as rains continued to drench the city on Thursday, triggering traffic snarls during morning rush hours

Vehicles wade through waterlogged Delhi- Gurugram Expressway in Gurugram on Wednesday.

Vehicles wade through waterlogged Delhi- Gurugram Expressway in Gurugram on Wednesday.

BS Web TeamAgencies New Delhi
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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of heavy rains in the city on Thursday.

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The Palam weather station gauged 70.9 mm precipitation during the period, more than six times the normal rainfall. The Delhi Traffic Police remained busy clearing traffic on Narela-Bawana road, Raja Garden flyover, Kasturba Underpass, MB Rad, Jhandewalan Mandir, Jhilmil underpass, Azadpur vegetable market, Sarai Pipal Thala, Jahangirpuri, Madanpur Khadar among other places.

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Gurugram Traffic Police asked people to stay home as incessant rains have led to waterlogging. Taking to Twitter, the police said people should venture out only for necessary work as waterlogging had led to traffic snarls.

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The flooding was particularly severe in Gurugram, where roads turned into small rivers and parks resembled swimming pools. Just a few hours of rains flooded swathes of Delhi, spelling trouble for commuters who remained stuck for hours on water-logged roads.

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Civic bodies reported incidents of uprooting of trees in a few areas due to the rains. A boundary wall of a school in Saket collapsed, damaging several vehicles parked alongside it.

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Mahesh Palawat of Skymet Weather, a private forecasting agency, said climate change had led to a change rain pattern. Experts also said the flooding was a result of bad urban planning.

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Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of regional forecasting center of the IMD, said the axis of monsoon will remain close to the national capital till Thursday. Therefore, more rains are likely.

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First Published: Aug 20 2020 | 11:51 AM IST

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