Traffic came to a halt in the national capital on Thursday morning, welcoming the first monsoon rains, bringing respite from the heat and humidity. The India Meteorological Department announced the arrival of the Southwest Monsoon in Delhi, which usually hits the national capital on June 27 and covers the entire country by July 8.
“Southwest Monsoon has advanced into entire Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh & Jammu & Kashmir, parts of Rajasthan, entire Delhi, parts of Punjab & Haryana today, June 30, 2022,” the IMD tweeted on Thursday morning.
While most parts of the capital received good rains, the rains led to intermittent jams of water-logged vehicles on the roads for a few minutes. Social media was flooded with pictures of waterlogged roads, with commuters complaining about the traffic and some asking the police for help.
The Delhi Traffic Police, in a series of advisories, said that the movement of traffic on the Railway Underpass Bridge Prahladpur has been restricted as both the carriageways are closed due to waterlogging.
Traffic on Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Setu was also affected due to waterlogging in Lodhi underpass and carriageway from AIIMS to Sarai Kale Khan. Traffic police advised commuters to avoid Aurobindo Marg from IIT to Adhchini, MB Road from Khanpur T Point to Tughlaq Fort and Outer Ring Road from Chirag Delhi to Savitri Flyover.
The IMD department has also issued an orange alert, warning of heavy rain in some areas of the city on Thursday and moderate rain on Friday.
Photos: Monsoon rains for the first time in Delhi, traffic jams, water logging in many parts
Monsoon rains occurred for the first time in Delhi on Thursday, which brought relief from the scorching heat. Delhi Traffic Police said on Twitter, “As per the report of India Meteorological Department, light to moderate intensity with thundershowers and gusty winds will occur in and around Delhi. Travelers are advised to plan their journey accordingly.” Barapullah, Ring Road and ITO were among several parts of Delhi that witnessed heavy traffic due to incessant rains.
Waterlogging in Chandigarh due to first monsoon rain
In the first major phase of this monsoon, heavy rains lashed Chandigarh and adjoining Panchkula and Mohali towns for two hours during peak office hours on Thursday morning, leading to traffic jams. The India Meteorological Department classifies rain between 64.5 mm and 115.5 mm as heavy. Till 11.30 am, Yamunanagar recorded the highest rainfall with 73 mm, followed by Chandigarh with 68.2 mm, Mohali 55 mm, Panchkula 49.5 mm, Patiala 23 mm, Ambala 15 mm and Ludhiana.
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