Delhi rain breaks record of 42 years, 153 mm of rain in 24 hours

Delhi Rain: The rain in Delhi broke the record of 42 years. The national capital recorded 153 mm of rain in a 24-hour period ending 8.30 am on Sunday, the highest in a single day in July since 1982.

According to the IMD, a Western Disturbance and monsoon winds lashed northwest India with heavy rains and Delhi recorded its first ‘extremely heavy downpour’ of the season.

The Safdarjung observatory recorded 153 mm of rain in the last 24 hours till 8.30 am on Sunday, the highest since July 25, 1982 when it recorded 169.9 mm in a single day, an IMD official said.

The city recorded 133.4 mm of rainfall on 10 July 2003 and the highest ever rainfall of 266.2 mm was recorded on 21 July 1958.

Roads became ponds: Due to the heavy rains, several grounds, underpasses, markets and even hospital premises in the city were waterlogged and roads were heavily jammed.

Pictures and videos of people wading through knee-deep water on the streets went viral on social media forums, raising questions about the city’s drainage infrastructure. Electricity and internet services were also affected in many areas due to strong winds and rain.

Officers’ leave cancelled: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has canceled the leaves of all officers in view of the incessant rains in Delhi. All ministers, mayors and officials will constantly review the situation in Delhi.

Yellow Alert on Sunday: The Meteorological Department has issued a ‘yellow alert’ forecasting moderate rain in Delhi. The Ridge, Lodhi Road and Delhi University weather stations recorded 134.5 mm, 123.4 mm and 118 mm of rain, respectively.

According to the weather office, rainfall below 15 mm is ‘light’, 15 mm to 64.5 mm ‘moderate’, 64.5 mm to 115.5 mm ‘heavy’ and 115.6 mm to 204.4 mm ‘very heavy’. At the same time, when more than 204.4 mm of rain is recorded, it is kept in the category of ‘extremely heavy’ rain.

Edited By : Nrapendra Gupta

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