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Flooded Delhi-Gurugram Expressway causes traffic disaster for passengers

As Delhi saw a sudden change in weather on Saturday morning, the national capital and surrounding areas saw a torrential downpour leading to flooding on the Delhi-Gurugram Expressway causing traffic to fall. Congestion in some areas. Some images show commuters wading through water as the streets are flooded with rainwater. The image also shows cars half submerged in water.

A Renault car is submerged in water on the Delhi-Gurugram highway after the street was flooded with rainwater.
A Renault car is submerged in water on the Delhi-Gurugram highway after the street was flooded with rainwater.

The Delhi traffic police received several calls regarding the flooding near the Tikri border, the Bagga Link roundabout in Karol Bagh and the Loni road roundabout. Some passengers also complained about traffic in areas like Bhikaji Cama Place, Jain Nagar and along the route from Khajoori to Bhajanpura.

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Commuters also complained of flooding on the Delhi-Jaipur Expressway and large areas on Sohna Road, New Gurugram and the Old City. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the highest rainfall in the Delhi-NCR area recorded in Gurugram is 38.5 mm.

Most of the flooding in the Delhi-NCR area occurs on the service lanes of the Delhi-Jaipur Expressway near Narsinghpur. After Saturday morning’s rain, water from the service lanes flooded the main road, causing loud squeals despite the low volume of traffic.

Very light rainfall is also expected in the city on Sunday. According to Kuldeep Srivastava, head of regional forecasting center of IMD, “A positive disturbance in the west over northwest India is causing rain in the region and hail in some areas. Another western disturbance will start to affect the region (from) Sunday… generally cloudy skies and erratic rain will continue over northwest India until 20-21 March.”

He added that precipitation activity is expected to peak on March 20. “Wet weather will help keep mercury levels under control. Hail is predicted to hit parts of north-west India, including Delhi-NCR, on March 20,” he added.

First published date: March 19, 2023, 11:12 am IST


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