Rain throws life out of gear in Delhi-NCR, 7 killed in Hyderabad

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HEAVYRAINDelhi-NCR region and Hyderabad woke up to unusually heavy rain on August 31 morning as the sky went dark.

Seven persons were killed in two separate incidents of wall collapse, as heavy rains battered Hyderabad throwing normal life out of gear.

Traffic movement came to a near stand still in Delhi and neighbouring areas. Normal life was thrown out of gear. Office-goers had a difficult time reaching their destinations. Public transport was hit hard.

All roads leading to Gurugram from Vasant Kunj experienced road jams due to the rain. More traffic snarls are likely across Delhi. Commuters complained of poor visibility and the social media was flooded with images of waterlogging, clogged roads and cars slowing down to a crawl.

Flight operations have also been affected with many flights being delayed due to the bad weather. Some airlines like Indigo have asked their passengers to check flight status as rain has affected flight operations.

According to the Meteorological department, the Delhi and NCR regions experienced moderate to intense thunderstorms and they may continue over the next couple of days.

In a tweet, Delhi Police stated there was waterlogging on Ring Road, Dhaula Kuan, Bhairon Road towards Mathura Road, Teen Murti Roundabout, IGNOU Road, IP Flyover towards Sarai Kale Khan, Barapullah flyover towards DND, Ashram Chowk, Ring Road Maharani Bagh, Lajpat Nagar, Sarai Kale Khan, Raja Garden towards Mayapuri,Gymkhana towards Teen Murti Marg, Dr Zakir Hussain Marg, Kali Bari Marg, Chirag Delhi to Nehru Place flyover among other areas.

In Hyderabad, office goers were allowed to come to office an hour late to avoid accidents. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner Janardhan Reddy, who will meet the chief secretary to review the situation has asked citizens not to travel due to heavy rains, according to TOI.

The report also stated that heavy rain in parts of Rayalaseema region and coastal Andhra Pradesh have resulted in flash floods. Heavy inflow of water into reservoirs and dams were reported even as there were reports of devotees in Tirumala being affected. People in the backwaters of Pulichintala dam have been evacuated to safety.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was stuck in a traffic jam for an hour, had to cancel his visit to Sisganj Gurudwara, Jama Masjid and Gauri Shankar temple.