Delhi and its neighbouring areas in the National Capital Region woke up to heavy rainfall and thunderstorms on Sunday morning. The weather department predicted that light to moderate rainfall and thunderstorms will prevail till around 12.50 pm in Delhi and several cities of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
Delhi received 28 millimeters of rainfall in the last 24 hours. The minimum temperature was recorded at 24.8 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal, PTI reported, citing the India Meteorological Department.
The incessant rain caused waterlogging in many parts of the city and its neighbouring areas.
Visuals showed waterlogging in the Yamuna Bazar and Khanpur areas in Delhi on Sunday morning, reported ANI. The Delhi Traffic Police also alerted about disruption in movement of vehicles due to waterlogging at Zakhira, Azadpur and Shakti Nagar underpasses.
Water level in Yamuna river in Delhi rose again and was recorded at 205.30 meters on Sunday morning, just below the danger mark of 205.33 meters, PTI reported.
On Friday, the Yamuna had breached the danger mark and swelled to 205.59 metres by 9 pm. It had receded to 204.89 metres on Saturday evening, according to the Delhi flood control room.
More than 100 families living in the Yamuna floodplains have been moved to safer areas in the last few days.
Over the past week, the national Capital has received heavy rain due to the southwest monsoons. Delhi has recorded 507 millimetres of rainfall in the month of July. The figure is more than double the city’s average rainfall (210.6 millimetres) recorded in July, according to the Hindustan Times.
However, these conditions were seen after the monsoon season arrived in Delhi almost 16 days behind schedule this year, making it the first such delay in 19 years.
“More showers are expected over the next couple of days,” Kuldeep Srivastava, head of the regional weather forecasting centre in Delhi, said. “Given that the month of August, when the city receives its maximum rainfall, is beginning, we may have a slightly above normal monsoon this year.”
Meanwhile, crops in many villages of Punjab, including Moonak area in Sangrur district, were submerged, according to ANI. Locals have been using small boats to commute between villages as roads remain inundated.