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Jul 21, 2013 at 09:32am IST

Heavy rains lash north India; AP put on alert as rainfall continues

New Delhi Heavy rains lashed the nation capital on Saturday and brought it to a standstill. It is the heaviest rainfall that New Delhi has witnessed in the last 10 years. The downpour which went on for around five-hours, sparked traffic snarls across the city, with heavy water-logging reported in several places.

Authorities were caught off guard once again as Delhiites witnessed blocked drains and malfunctioning traffic lights. There was heavy traffic on Mathura road and Akbar road as well as water-logging near the Indira Gandhi International Airport. A road also caved in near the Saket metro station.

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The only silver lining was that the temperatures have come down after two days of very humid weather. The MET department has predicted more rains for the next few days. "Yesterday, we received 15 per cent more than normal rainfall. The situation with rains has been good so far. You can expect more rains for North India in the next week," said Charan Singh, Scientist at Meteorological Department

A month after floods ravaged Uttarakhand, certain regions of the state experienced sudden cloudbursts on Saturday. The Met department has predicted heavy rainfall in the state for the next 24 hours. "We are predicting rain in certain areas for the next 24 hours. Heavy rains are likely in Uttarkashi, Kumaon, Nainital and nearby areas. The weather is expected to improve gradually," said Anand Sharma, Director of Meteorological Observatory in Dehradun.

Uttar Pradesh also witnessed heavy rains on Saturday. One person was killed after a sudden cloudburst in Rampur and there was an extensive destruction to property and roads. Moderate to heavy rainfall and thundershowers also took place in several areas of western and eastern UP. The Ganga continues to flow close to the danger mark at Fatehgarh and Kanpur.

Andhra Pradesh continues to witness heavy rains with the state receiving 30 per cent more rainfall than normal. The Godavari has flooded numerous villages in Warangal and in east and west Godavari districts. Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy reviewed the situation and has put all district administration on alert.

Relief camps have been set up for people in low-lying areas around the Godavari river. More than 1,500 houses have been damaged. Several districts in Telangana region continue to receive heavy rainfall too. The state government has requested the Air Force to put IAF choppers on standby for rescue and relief. The Met department predicts heavy rainfall to continue in the region for another 24 hours.

The situation remained same in Mumbai as heavy rains lashed the city for the second consecutive day on Saturday. The Met department has predicted more rainfall across the state. In some parts of Maharashtra, rail services were also disrupted. A 30-meter block of railway track was swept away near Nagpur and over 80 trains were diverted in the Vidarbha region.