Nature & Environment

Delhi- Heavy downpour in the city causes one death and 15 houses collapse.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its daily weather report on Friday that heavy rainfall is likely to occur in the Northern part of India for the next four to five days and the effects will also be seen in other parts of the nation. The agency prompted the people in the north region to take preventive measures against the heavy rainfall. Four different color codes were used by IMD to give the weather warnings to the people, green (no action needed), yellow (watch and stay updated), orange (be prepared) and red (take action).

On 6th July, Raigad district of Maharashtra was issued a red alert warning by IMD for excessive rainfall. It forecasted heavy monsoon rains in Goa, hence the Education Department of Goa announced a holiday for schools. Orange and yellow alerts have been issued in Mumbai, predicting huge rainfall from 6th July.The minimum and the maximum temperatures are likely to be around 24 and 30 degrees Celsius, respectively, said IMD.

Massive traffic and waterlogging was caused due to heavy rains across Delhi on Saturday, Connaught Place and several other market areas in central Delhi were flooding and was making it difficult for the commuters. All the passengers were forced to get down from their motorcycles and vehicles, paddle throughout the waterlogged roads in the city. Vehicles were dragged and many of them even broke off because of waterlogging which was triggered due to heavy rain and caused congestion at several areas in Delhi.

“Fifteen buildings were damaged and a wall broke in the College of Karol Bagh resulting in the death of a fifty eight year old lady. At the same time, the back side wall of Deshbandhu College collapsed resulting in the damage of 10 to 12 scooters along with 15 luxury cars in Kalkaji area”, said the fire service official in Delhi.

The head of IMD Charan Singh said, “The North-West regions including Delhi will witness heavy rainfall this week and the intensity of the rain will only reduce after 2-3 days, the people in those region will be relieved from the humidity during those days”.

According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), ‘The massive rainstorm is damaging vehicles, uprooting trees, waterlogging and resulting in the traffic congestion in several parts of the city. The capital city of the nation is thrashed with “very heavy rain” in the beginning of the season and this is the highest ever rainfall in the past 20 years’.

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