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Record rainfall in Delhi: BJP leader rows boat, children swim in heavily waterlogged streets

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Delhi woke up to heavy rainfall on Saturday morning, leading to waterlogged streets and even a flooded airport. The rains brought life to a standstill for many citizens of the national capital, while a few sailed happily along.

A BJP leader 'rafted' across waterlogged streets and farmers continued their protest sitting in a pool of water at the Delhi border — clearly, the day was not short of iconic images and videos!

According to the Safdarjung observatory, Delhi recorded 94.7 mm of rainfall between 8.30 am on Friday and 8.30 am on Saturday. The Indian Meteorological Department issued an orange alert for the city and rains are expected in the evening as well.

Here's everything that happened on this rainy Saturday in Delhi.

1. WATERLOGGED STREETS

Several streets across Delhi were waterlogged causing disruptions to traffic flow. This includes Moti Bagh, RK Puram, Madhu Vihar, Hari Nagar, Rohtak Road, Badarpur, Som Vihar, Ring Road near IP Station, Vikas Marg, Sangam Vihar, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Pul Prahladpur Underpass, Munirka, Rajpur Khurd, Nangloi and Kirari.

2. BJP LEADER GOES RAFTING

Amid all the chaos that the rains brought to Delhi, BJP Delhi spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga brought out a raft and rowed through the heavily waterlogged streets in Delhi's Bhajanpura area.

He said, "I wanted to go to Rishikesh for rafting this year but could not go because of the pandemic. I want to thank Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for giving me this opportunity here in Delhi itself, where almost all areas are waterlogged."

3. FARMERS' SPIRIT NOT DAMPENED

Heavy rains reached the farmers' Ghazipur protest site as well. They have been protesting at the Delhi borders against the Centre's three farm laws since last year.

In these images, farmer leader Rakesh Tikait can be seen sitting on a waterlogged street along with supporters.

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(Photo: Kumar Kunal)
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(Photo: Kumar Kunal)

4. AIRPORT FLOODED

The Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi witnessed flooding at the forecourt and in some other areas as a result of heavy rains.

In a tweet, the Delhi Airport said, "Due to sudden heavy rain, for a short period, there was waterlogging at the forecourt. Our team was immediately aligned to look into it and the issue has been resolved."

As a result of the same, five flights were diverted to other airports and three were cancelled on Saturday.

5. BUS STRANDED ON PALAM FLYOVER

Amid the heavy rains in Delhi, a bus full of passengers got stuck on the Palam flyover underpass which leads to the airport. The fire department got a call at around 11.30 am and rescued all the passengers.

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(Photo: Arvind Ojha)

6. BUILDING COLLAPSED IN ROHINI

A four-floor building collapsed in Rohini Sector 22 area of north west Delhi at around 7 am. The building was very old and the municipal corporation had already had it vacated.

No one was injured in the incident. According to the fire department, the building fell on an adjoining building, which too was empty.

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(Photo: Sushant Mehra)

7. CHILDREN SWIM ON WATERLOGGED STREETS

Some roads were so heavily waterlogged following continuous rains in the national capital that children were caught on camera swimming in the fairly deep water that had accumulated.

8. DELHI BREAKS RAINFALL RECORD

After Saturday's rainfall, the Safdarjung observatory has now recorded a total of 1,100 mm of rainfall this monsoon season in the national capital. Before this, in 2003, Delhi had recorded total rainfall of 1,050 mm during the monsoon season.

With this, the 2021 monsoons have witnessed the highest rainfall Delhi has seen since 1975 when a total of 1,150 mm of rainfall was recorded. Thus, Delhi's 2021 monsoon rainfall is the highest in 46 years! And the monsoon is not even over yet.

(With inputs from Kumar Kunal, Arvind Ojha, Sushant Mehra and PTI)

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