Heavy downpour brings Delhi, NCR and Hyderabad to a standstill

New Delhi, Hyderabad [India]: Fresh spells of heavy rain accompanied by thunder lashed Delhi, the national capital region (NCR) and Hyderabad on Wednesday, bringing normal activities in these areas to a standstill.

All flights were delayed at the Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport due to the heavy rainfall, with one flight diverted to Jaipur.

Heavy rain also disrupted traffic at Rajiv Chowk in Gurugram, Haryana. The fresh downpour also threw traffic out of gear in several parts of Delhi.

Massive jams were reported on major roads in Delhi and between the national capital and Gurugram, where police issued an advisory on Twitter, and asked people to be “patient and disciplined” and “stick to their lanes”.

“Water logging on Ring Road Dhaula Kuan, Bhairon Road towards Mathura Road, Roundabout Teen Murti, IGNOU Road, IP Flyover towards Sarai, Kale Khan, Barapullah flyover towards DND, Ashram Chowk.Ring Road Maharani Bagh, Lajpat Nagar, Sarai Kale Khan, Raja Garden towards Mayapuri,Gymkhana towards Teen Murti Marg,” Delhi Traffic Police said in a series of tweets.

“Avoid waterlogged roads. Keep central locking deactivated while driving through waterlogged roads,” the police added.

“If the water is deep enough to submerge your vehicle’s exhaust pipe, then try to avoid the road. #BeRainSafe,” said the police in a series of tweets.

United States Secretary of State John Kerry’s motorcade to the Indian Institute of Technology, where he delivered an address to students, was also delayed due to waterlogging. He reached the venue an hour late.

Kerry’s scheduled visits to the Sisganj Gurudwara, Jama Masjid and the Gauri Shankar Temple have been cancelled due to the inclement weather. (ANI)