Delhi Streets Waterlogged After Heavy Rainfall, IMD Issues Orange Alert


Guwahati: Delhi and its adjoining areas on Saturday woke up to a cloudy morning which soon gave way to heavy rain, in line with an orange alert issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The IMD had predicted enhance rainfall activity over northwest India on 11 September. It also said that there will be an increase in rainfall activity over east central India and the west coast from 12 September.

“Thunderstorm with moderate to heavy intensity rain and winds would continue to occur over and adjoining areas of many places of Delhi NCR,” the weather department said in its latest tweet on the situation, at 7:20am.

Several parts of the city witnessed water-logging after constant rain. The weather office had issued an ‘orange alert’ for today. The city received 97 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours, the Met department official said.

This is the first time since 2010 that monsoon rainfall in Delhi breached the 1,000 mm mark, the highest rainfall in the national capital in 11 years.

Delhi has so far received 248.9 mm precipitation this month, surpassing the September average of 129.8 mm precipitation by a big margin. Despite the monsoon embracing Delhi only on 13 July, making it the most-delayed in 19 years, the capital had recorded 16 rainy days in the month, the maximum in the last four years.

The string of rainy days gave 507.1 mm rainfall in Delhi, which was nearly 141 per cent above the long-period average of 210.6 mm. It was also the maximum rainfall in the month since July 2003, and the second highest ever.

People posted pictures and videos of water-logged streets on social media. One user shared a video of parts of the Indira Gandhi Airport (IGI) airport been water-logged following record rain in the national capital.