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Delhi rains: Traffic comes to a standstill due to water-logging

New Delhi: Heavy rains paralysed normal life in Ghaziabad and other National Capital Region (NCR) towns in western Uttar Pradesh. Vasundhara, Khoda and Greater Noida (West) were the worst hit localities in the city.

“The sky will remain mostly cloudy throughout the day. There is a possibility of scattered showers in most parts of the National Capital Territory,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said. More rains are predicted throughout the day.

Traffic came to a near-standstill on NH 24, NH 58, NH 91 and the newly-constructed Raj Nagar Extension Elevated Road in Ghaziabad, besides most other city roads, due to waterlogging.

With the roads waterlogged in the peak office hours, many are finding it difficult to commute. The waterlogging has also caused massive traffic jams in many parts of Delhi. A road in Vasundhara area of Ghaziabad reportedly caved in following heavy rains in the area.

The downpour also posed a threat to the lives of residents of various housing societies here, including Vartalok and Pragyakunj societies of Vasundhara area. Empty plots adjoining the walls of such societies were filled with rainwater. As a precautionary measure, residents of the affected sides of the buildings were asked to temporarily vacate their flats.

Many are complaining that public transport including buses are not available and cabs are charging extra for rides. Delhi Traffic Police issued an alert for motorists to avoid certain sections of roads.

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