New Delhi, July 30: Heavy rains across India has affected normal life in at least five metros including, Gurgaon, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. Failure of administration and traffic jams is the same story every monsoon, with politicians making same monotonous comments this year too. Also Read - 4 Flights to/From Delhi Airport Delayed, 1 Cancelled Due to Dense Fog & Zero Visibility
On Friday evening India’s shoddy infrastructure was completely exposed as monsoon rains triggered miles long traffic snarls in Gurgaon-Delhi highway, leaving thousands of motorists stranded for hours without food and water. While the political blame game had already started, people across the metros today observed holiday, as they feared to get stranded on road. (Also Read: Gurgaon monsoon disaster: Police chief Navdeep Singh Virk transferred, cops on 24×7 duty) Also Read - World's Biggest Vaccination Drive to be Launched Today, Farmers-Centre Talks Reach no Conclusion: Check Top Headlines at This Hour
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On Friday the worst hit was Delhi’s satellite town of Gurgaon. The traffic jam was so bad that cars and trucks, ambulances and school buses were stranded for almost 24 hours. Many people abandoned their car on Friday and preferred walk through knee-deep water.
The crisis was so bad that Gurgaon police commissioner Navdeep Virk was transferred by the Haryana state government for failing to provide adequate service.
In Gurgaon the traffic nightmare started on Thursday afternoon after heavy rain choked drains and flooded roads. The jam was cleared almost after 24 hours. The chaos has left many motorist disturbed and many have been reportedly ill. One of the consultant from Delhi reportedly said, “It took me four hours to drive 6 km. Our cities are like living hell in monsoon”.
In Delhi, the NCR air services from New Delhi-Chennai route were today affected due to heavy rain. Heavy rains on Friday and Saturday lashed out in Delhi due to which several roads were water-logged, causing hardship of thousands of motorists and office goers. The Met department had predicted that there will be more rainfall in the national capital today.
In Mumbai, heavy showers on Friday morning killed a 45-year-old man after a tree collapsed on his car. Many parts of the city witnessed waterlogging, slowing down the traffic. People of Mumbai could not forget 26 July floods in which many were stranded for almost a day and many reportedly died. In Mumbai huge traffic jam was observed at Sion, SV Road, and some other parts of suburban Mumbai.
Several parts of Bangalore, the IT capital of India had turned into small lakes. The situation in IT city was so grim that officials from fire department used boats to rescue people stranded in rains and traffic jams. The weather department (MET) had predicted that the city might receive moderate rain as the good rains has moved away to north.
Compare to other metros there were less rainfall in Chennai. The Met had predicted that there might be some rains today and tomorrow in Chennai.
Meanwhile Assam has been worst affected by floods with an estimated 19 lakh people were affected in the state and more than 21 people were killed. Home Minister Rajnath Singh today made an Deepak