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Heavy rainfall paralyzes Indian capital

08-20-2010 09:29 BJT

NEW DELHI, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Indian capital, New Delhi, virtually came to a standstill on Thursday after heavy rainfall paralyzed all major roads in the city, according to a senior police officer. "Water logging on most of the city roads crippled vehicular traffic as the city's sewerage system seem to completely collapsed. All major intersections, including those connecting the city with the satellite towns of Noida and Gurgaon, were crippled due to rains which started in the morning,"the police officer said.

New Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Thursday inspected some of the Commonwealth Games venue and connecting roads affected by severe rainfall. Later, she told media that "there's nothing to worry"even though heavy rains lashed the Indian capital.

Meanwhile, at least six people were injured in three separate incidents of building collapse, the officer said. "Three persons were injured when the roof of their house in Sangam Vihar collapsed at 01:15 p.m. local time due to rains. Around the same time, two other persons were injured in building collapse in Govindpuri and Bhalswa Dairy area respectively. All have been admitted to local hospitals,"he said.

A senior official of the Meteorological Department said that the situation is unlikely to normalize soon and heavy rains will continue for the next two days.

"The capital braces for more troubles as the neighboring state of Haryana has released 142,000 cusec of water into the Yamuna river. It can affect the water level of the river in the city within the next 48 hours and chances are there that the river may flood the low-lying areas on its bank," he said.

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Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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