Heavy downpour in Delhi can sometimes tickle diplomats’ funny bones too. US Secretary of State John Kerry appreciated IIT Delhi students for turning up en masse braving rain in the capital city’s waterlogged roads.
During his morning session with the students on Wednesday, he said: “Don’t know how you all got here. You must’ve needed boats to get here.”
Heavy rains on Wednesday morning caused great difficulty for the people and almost brought traffic and general life to a standstill in Delhi, NCR and Hyderabad and caused heavy traffic jams for long hours. Train schedule and air traffic too was badly affected by the rain.
This is the second time that US Secretary of State John Kerry got stuck in the Delhi rains. The first was on Monday when he found himself in a massive traffic jam on his way to hotel from the New Delhi International airport.
John Kerry stuck in traffic like everyone else on wet New Delhi night. pic.twitter.com/HiQD8lQlFs
— Nicholas Wadhams (@nwadhams) August 29, 2016
He was forced to cancel some of his plans for the day as heavy rains halted normal life in Delhi and NCR. After his interaction with IIT Delhi students, he was to visit the Sisganj Gurudwara, Gaurishankar Temple and the Jama Masjid in the capital.
The Delhi Police has asked civic authorities and residents to stay away from roads as far as possible.
Heavy waterlogging has been reported on Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg, W Point, the Loha Mandi to Mayapuri route, Gol Dak Khana, Kali Bari Marg, and the Chirag Delhi to Nehru Place flyover route. Also roads along the Modi Mill Flyover, Sadik Nagar, the BRT to Moolchand route, Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, and the Nehru Place to Zamrudpur route were affected by this heavy downpour. Rains started around 7 am in the morning and by 9 am, most streets were waterlogged.
Here are a few Twitter reactions:
— Rajesh Kalra (@rajeshkalra) August 31, 2016
— Pratibha Verma (@Prati1111) August 31, 2016
200 mm rains in last 36hrs. Govts continuous monitoring and intervention. Much less water logging than last years. We’ll keep improving
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 12, 2015
— Akash Kandari (@TheAkashKandari) August 31, 2016
Water logging on Shantivan Chowk, Under Hanuman Setu, Subhash Marg, Chandni Chowk, Brar Square to Mayapuri, South Avenue,
— Delhi Traffic Police (@dtptraffic) August 31, 2016
— Jim (@gibberish_talks) August 31, 2016