Delhi: IMD issues orange alert; heavy rain along with strong winds likely today [Details]

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  • Delhi is likely to witness another spell of moderate to heavy rain as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert for the city. The MeT department has also predicted strong winds in the national capital along with the rainfall.
  • Earlier on Saturday, IMD senior scientist RK Jenamani had said that Delhi will receive a fresh spell of rain from September 17-18.
  • “Heavy rainfall in Delhi will continue till tomorrow morning. It will cover Delhi-NCR, Punjab and Rajasthan.  Systems over east Rajasthan and another forming over the Bay of Bengal are likely to intensify further. Delhi will receive a fresh spell of rain from Sept 17-18,” Jennamani had said.
  • The senior scientist informed that the national capital has received the highest 24-hour rainfall this year in 121 years. It has received 390 mm rainfall in Sept – the highest in 77 yrs, after 417 mm in September 1944. Delhi has also recorded 1139 mm rainfall in four months, which is the highest in 46 years, below 1155 mm in 1975, Jenamani added.

  • Heavy rains lashed the national capital Saturday morning which continued till Sunday, leaving the forecourt of the Delhi airport and other parts of the city waterlogged. Due to incessant rains in the national capital, several routes were either partially or completely waterlogged causing disruption in traffic movement.
  • Several areas were submerged due to continuous heavy rain. Waterlogging was also witnessed near RK Puram, Moti Bagh, India Gate, Delhi Airport, Minto Bridge, ITO, Dwarka, Palam, and Madhu Vihar area.

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