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Aug 28, 2012 at 07:00pm IST

Delhi: Heavy 3-hour rain causes jams, waterlogging

New Delhi: The national capital on Tuesday witnessed severe traffic jams and water logging after parts of the city received as much as 42 mm of rain in just three hours, the highest for the year.

As a result of the downpour, there were massive traffic jams in key arterial roads.

Meanwhile, the civic bodies have begun defending themselves over the problems being faced by the residents of Delhi.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has told the Delhi High Court that it shouldn't be held solely responsible for the mess following the rain. The court has, however, directed the government to set up a committee of key city agencies to improve coordination among them.

The situation is no better in other parts of north India as rain related incidents have killed at least 36 people in Rajasthan in one week. Around 12 districts, almost a third of state, have been severely affected by unprecedented rainfall.

Many of those affected have moved to relief camps. The Army's efforts are trying to pump out water from inundated areas. But what have made things worse for Jaipur are the encroachments in the city.