New Delhi: New Delhi has recorded its heaviest rainfall in 41 years.
Northern India including Delhi has been experiencing heavy rains for the past few days. 153 mm of rain was recorded yesterday at the Saptarjung Meteorological Center in Delhi. This is the 3rd highest rainfall since 1958. 20-21 July 1958 recorded a rainfall of 266.2 mm. This is considered to be the heaviest rainfall in Delhi. After that, the 169.9 mm rainfall recorded on 25-26 July 1982 is considered to be the 2nd highest rainfall. As a result, the 153 mm rain that fell in the 24 hours between yesterday and this morning is considered the 3rd highest rainfall. With this, the heaviest rainfall has been recorded after 41 years.
Due to this heavy rain, rain water has accumulated on various main roads of Delhi. Many roads are impassable. It has continued to rain today. Due to this, the normal life of the people has been severely affected. Two people were trapped in the rubble after an ancient building collapsed in Jagira area. They were later rescued. In Gurugram adjacent to Delhi, water is stagnant in various areas including the bus stand. After the trees fell at some places, work was done to remove them.
Heavy rains are also falling in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir. The India Meteorological Department has issued a red alert for Himachal and Uttarakhand states as it has said that heavy rains will continue today. National Highway-9 has been closed following a landslide at Badrinath National Highway in Uttarakhand.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Thami, who spoke to the media after the warning of the Meteorological Center, said, “Due to heavy rainfall warning in Uttarakhand, the Disaster Management Authority and all the officials of the state government have been instructed to be ready. The authorities have been instructed to take a careful decision considering the weather conditions in the matter of allowing pilgrims to travel.”
Pilgrims going on a pilgrimage to the Amarnath temple in Jammu and Kashmir were stopped for the past 2 days, but today they were allowed to go after the weather turned somewhat favourable. However, there is light snowfall in the Amarnath cave area.