Continuous rains hit Delhi life, cause traffic jams

September 19th, 2008 - 7:24 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) The incessant rainfall over the last three days has come has as a surprise for Delhiites, throwing life in the city out of gear and causing traffic snarls. But according to the met department, this is normal - even at this time of the year.”The heavy and continuous rainfall over the last few days is because of the interacting Westerly system and the monsoon system. This has caused rain showers over the entire northwest India,” D.P. Yadav, director of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), told IANS.

“The amount of rainfall recorded for the last three days, until this morning, was 81.7 mm, while last year the total amount of rainfall in the entire month of September was 85.6 mm. The normal amount of rainfall for September is, however, 139.6 mm, therefore this is normal,” he added.

For most Delhiites, however, the continuous rainfall is anything but a normal trend.

“Such heavy and non-stop rainfall when we are approaching October is definitely not expected, not the least in Delhi. I can understand if it’s July or August…but not now,” said a harried Kavita Sharma, a bank employee, desperatey trying to get an auto at Chanakyapuri in south Delhi.

“The rains have taken most people like me by surprise. Just when you think the weather is going to lift up, it starts raining again. The evenings are a big hassle when you can’t get an auto and even if you get one, you get stuck in the traffic jam for hours!” she rued.

Sunita Sahay, a public relations executive, recounted how she had to cancel her meetings, twice in a row, because of the rains.

“Day before yesterday (Wednesday), I was caught unaware by the rain and had to reschedule a meeting which was to be held at 6.30 p.m. at Connaught Place because I was stuck in the traffic jam for two hours! The next day, despite leaving my place earlier for another meeting, the same thing happened,” said an exasperated Sahay.

The minimum temperature Friday dipped by one degree to 23 degree Celsius.

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