As many as 10 homes in New Delhi’s ITO area was washed away on Sunday, 19 July, as a waterlogged road collapsed in the Anna Nagar slum area following heavy rains in the national capital.
An overflowing drain between the WHO site and the JJ colony reportedly caused the road to collapse, The Indian Express reported. Confirming that 10 homes were lost, JJ colony pradhan Kuku Swami reportedly told IE that walls of several houses had come down while some homes had been flooded.
According to authorities, there have been no casualties in this incident.
“The flow of water in the nullah was intense, running water entered a pit which was dug to construct a parking facility, causing severe erosion which led to the collapse of nearby houses. My house vanished as if it never existed,” Pushpa, an Anna Nagar resident told ANI.
One person died and several people were rescued from their vehicles from flooded roads on Sunday.
Several teams of the Delhi police and the National Disaster response Force (NDRF) were at the spot on Sunday, conducting a nine-hour operation. NDRF chief reportedly said that underwater searches with dogs had also not resulted in finding anyone.
The drain in question is reportedly under the jurisdiction of the South MCD.
(With inputs from The Indian Express)