Heavy rain poured down in Delhi and its surrounding areas on the morning of Tuesday, 12 July, leading to severe water-logging in some parts.
Traffic jams added to the woes of commuters in the city, with areas such as ITO and Delhi-Noida highway seeing long lines of vehicles.
Delhi is forecasted to experience heavy rain and thunder on Tuesday, as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
The Delhi Traffic Police has issued an alert, stating, “As per IMD report. "Thunderstorms with light to moderate intensity rain would occur over and adjoining areas of entire Delhi."Commuters are advised to plan their journey accordingly."
Five districts in Delhi have reported deficient rainfall this monsoon so far due to poor distribution of rains, according to IMD data. On average, Delhi has recorded a rainfall deficiency of 23 percent – gauging 90.4 mm of rains as against a normal of 116.9 mm since 1 June, when the monsoon season starts.
Till a week ago, on 5 July, the city as a whole had logged 10 percent excess rainfall.
Apart from Delhi, the monsoons have wreaked havoc in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Telangana as well.
3 Dead Amid Heavy Rains in Maharashtra, 'Red' Alert in Pune & Ratnagiri
Heavy rains along with strong winds lashed Mumbai and its suburbs on Tuesday morning amid an 'orange' alert issued by the IMD.
Three people have died amid the heavy rain in Maharashtra in the last 24 hours, while 95 people have been evacuated from flooded areas, PTI reported.
Nashik was lashed by heavy rains, triggering a surge in water levels in the Godavari river. Viral visuals show many temples on the riverbed of the Godavari getting submerged in water.
Traffic movement was retarded at the Hindmata junction, Pratap Nagar, Jogeshwari in the western suburbs, at some spots on the Western Express Highway, Netaji Palkar Chowk, Everard Nagar, and near a the Bandra-Kurla Complex, among other places.
As per the weather agency, the Maharashtra capital will witness moderate to heavy rain in the city and suburbs with a possibility of very heavy downpour at isolated places and occasional gusty winds reaching 40-50 kmph over the next 24 hours.
The local trains services on the Central Railway and Western Railway corridors were running normally, as per civic officials. Bus services of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) were also operating as per usual.
In Maharashtra, a red alert has been issued for Pune, Raigad, Ratnagiri, and Kohlapur. The IMD has forecasted heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in the next 24 hours.
In Pune, four people were injured after a portion of a dilapidated residential structure collapsed following heavy rains, fire brigade officials said on Tuesday.
The dilapidated 'wada' collapsed around Monday midnight in Nana Peth area of Pune, critically injuring two.
Meanwhile, schools and colleges have been closed for Tuesday in Nashik. Further, six devotees received minor injuries during flooding at Saptashrungi temple in the district.
7 Dead in Gujarat Amid Flash Flood Situation, Trains Cancelled
As many as seven people have been reported dead after a wall collapsed due to relentless rainfall in Gujarat. Thousands of people have been affected by the flood-like situation in the state.
The state's disaster management minister, Rajendra Trivedi, said that a total of 27,896 people had been evacuated from flood-affected areas, while 18,225 are currently in shelters.
The IMD also issued a red alert till Wednesday morning for several places in Gujarat, such as Valsad, Navsari, Surat, Tapi, Dang, Narmada, Chhota Udepur, Kutch, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Devbhumi Dwarka, and Morbi.
The weather department has issued a warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall with isolated extremely heavy rain in several districts for Tuesday and the coming few days.
Due to the washing out of tracks between Dabhoi and Ekta Nagar stations of Vadodara Division, some Western Railway trains have been cancelled or partially cancelled.
Inundated streets in Ahmedabad.
The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed at strategic locations for rescue and relief operations due to the flash flood situation.
Due to flash floods, a bridge on the road connecting Panchol and Kumbhiya villages in Tapi district was washed away, reported news agency ANI.
Schools and colleges were shut in Ahmedabad after it received 219 mm of rainfall on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi phoned Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel to enquire about the situation and assured all possible help, as per the CM's office.
Second Warning Issued in Andhra Pradesh
Followed by the first signal warning on Tuesday morning, the Andhra Pradesh government has now issued the second warning signal at Dowleswaram Barrage near Rajamahendravaram in the state, after water level in river Godavari rose to 13 lakh cusecs on Tuesday.
In the view of the flood situation, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh YS Jagan Mohan Reddy conducted a videoconference with collectors of the districts prone to Godavari flood and directed them to be prepared to tackle any eventuality.
The CM said that Rs 2 crore was being released immediately to Alluri Sitarama Raju, Ambedkar Konaseema, Eluru, and East Godavari districts for flood assistance works.
“This is an unprecedented flood in the last 100 years that has come in the month of July itself. The flood discharge may go up to 15-16 lakh cusecs by Wednesday and the heavy inflow in Godavari may continue because of rains in upper catchment region in Maharashtra,” he added.
CM also stated that two NDRF teams have been deployed at Kunavaram and Chintoor while four SDRF teams were deployed in VR Puram, Kunavaram, Amalapuram, and Velerupadu for rescue and relief operations.
A state control room has been set up with number 1070 for emergency situations.
State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) has released an advisory asking people living in habitations along the Godavari course to be alert and take precautionary measures.
(With inputs from PTI and ANI.)