Rainfall disrupts traffic, triggers health concerns
As Delhi witnessed rainfall for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, the maximum temperature stood at 31.7°C and the minimum temperature was recorded at 24°C. The Air Quality Index too improved significantly as it remained 82 under satisfactory category.
However, the fast pace of Delhi came to a standstill as traffic snarls were reported from major areas. Heavy traffic congestion choked the national capital as people moving to their offices were stuck in heavy traffic during the rush. Waterlogging added to the woes of commuters.
Flyovers like DND and Baba Banda Bahadur Setu or Barapulla were packed with very slow moving vehicles and daily commuters were forced to face the repercussions of rainfall. According to Vishwas, a daily commuter, "I've been stuck in this congestion since 55 minutes and I'm inevitably late for office. This happens every year. A little rain brought the entire Delhi to a half."
Delhi traffic police tweeted slow movement from Dhaula Kuan to Gurugram. Mundaka too faced traffic woes because of waterlogging and people heading from Sarai Kale Khan to Noida too faced heavy traffic. Conditions turned really worse at DND.
Monsoon also brings along vector-borne disease like dengue, malaria and chikungunya. In a bid to control the breeding grounds for mosquitoes, the central government initiated a three-day health awareness programme focusing on community engagement to educate people. The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday launched a campaign to spread awareness.