Heavy rain has wreaked havoc across the country, leading to seven deaths in Hyderabad and traffic blockades in many parts of New Delhi and NCR. Flight and rail services too have been badly affected, throwing life out of gear.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is in New Delhi, also cancelled his plans visit to religious sites due to the heavy rain. Kerry was scheduled to visit the Gauri Shankar temple, Jama Masjid and Gurdwara Sisganj Sahib in the old Delhi area around 11 AM today.
Heavy rain caused water-logging in Gurgaon, Noida, leading to massive traffic jams. Traffic is reported to be moving very slow in many parts of the city.
There has been a slight delay in departure of flights in Delhi’s IGI airport. A Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Delhi was diverted to Jaipur due to “bad weather” in the morning around 0900 hours, media reported.
The meteorological department said the city received 3.9 mm rain till 8.30 a.m. and 62.7 mm recorded till 11.30 am.
“Heavy rains in Gurgaon, please be advised. Be patient and maintain lane discipline, we are on the job to facilitate your movements. Visibility is poor due to heavy rains,” Gurgaon Police tweeted.
In Hyderabad, rains claimed seven lives in Hyderabad, ‘The Hindu’ reported. The victims were four from a family in Ramanthapur at Uppal and three of another family at Bholakpur in Musheerabad, said the report.