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Heavy Rains In Delhi-NCR Leave Several Areas Waterlogged, More High-Intensity Rain Expected
Following Thursday’s rain, the air quality index (AQI) improved to 132 in the “moderate” category on Saturday. The city's 24-hour AQI read 182 on Friday, the best it has been since October 26.
New Delhi: Delhi and its adjoining areas witnessed heavy rainfall, along with thunderstorms on Saturday morning. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), thunderstorms and ‘high-intensity rainfall would continue today across Delhi and NCR, including Gurugram, Faridabad, Manesar, and Karnal, Panipat, Mattanhail, Jhajjar, Farukhnagar, Kosali, Rewari, Bawal, Nuh (Haryana).
The overnight rains lead to intense inundation of several stretches in the city. Photographs showing the plight of commuters have also surfaced on social media.
Underpasses in Mandawali and Pul Pehladpur witnessed heavy waterlogging following the overnight downpour. Waterlogging affected the flow of traffic at the two underpasses. However, the vehicular movement did not come to a complete halt. Photos shared by ANI show motorists passing through sheets of water in flooded underpasses.
Delhi | Water-logging at an underpass in Pul Pehlad Pur, following overnight rainfall in the city pic.twitter.com/rH5DcEDZpL
— ANI (@ANI) January 8, 2022
Heavy rainfall causes waterlogging at the Mandawali underpass in East Delhi. pic.twitter.com/Vu0HR9PUmc
— ANI (@ANI) January 8, 2022
With rains battering several parts of the national capital, India Meteorological Department has predicted thunderstorms with moderate to heavy intensity rain was predicted over and adjoining areas of Delhi-NCR. The IMD has predicted a cloudy sky for the national capital till January 9.
“Thunderstorms with light to moderate intensity rain would occur over and adjoining areas of isolated places of Delhi, NCR ( Gurugram, Manesar) Farukhnagar, Rewari (Haryana). Light to moderate intensity rain would occur over and adjoining areas of many places of Delhi,” tweeted IMD.
Following Thursday’s rain, the air quality index (AQI) improved to 132 in the “moderate” category on Saturday. The city’s 24-hour air quality index (AQI) read 182 on Friday, the best it has been since October 26 when it stood at 139. It was 258 on Thursday. However, it’s likely to degrade from Sunday.
In Anand Vihar, AQI stood at 137; in Chandni Chowk (128 AQI); in ITO (84); Mundka (157 AQI); Punjabi Bagh (159 AQI); Nehru Nagar (163); (RK Puram 141 AQI); Rohini (129 AQI) and Sirifort (128 AQI). Overall, Delhi’s air quality stood at 132 at around 7 AM on Saturday.
System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research, a central forecasting body, said, “Prevailing weather with drizzle/rain spells are causing effective wet deposition, improving AQI. On January 8, it is likely to rain with high wind speeds, leading to further improvement of AQI to ‘satisfactory’ or ‘good’ due to wet deposition and strong dispersion.”
However, from January 9, AQI is likely to degrade due to gradual decrease in maximum and minimum temperatures as well as wind speed, all contributing to low dispersion of pollutants, it added.