Gur­gaon to Ban­ga­lore, metros drown in rain

Mon­soon brings In­dia’s ur­ban cen­tres to their knees as au­thor­i­ties watch

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dents

GUR­GAON/NEW DELHI/MUMBAI/ BAN­GA­LORE: Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple were left stranded for hours on Fri­day as heavy rain­fall del­uged three ma­jor In­dian cities, trig­ger­ing miles-long traf­fic snarls, fran­tic res­cue op­er­a­tions and nig­gling questions about poor plan­ning and com­pro­mised civic in­fra­struc­ture.

The worst-hit was Delhi’s satel­lite town of Gur­gaon, where thou­sands of cars were par­tially sub­merged and nu­mer­ous sta­tion­ary trucks clogged the ar­te­rial National High­way 8 from Delhi to Jaipur till the af­ter­noon with most other roads wa­ter­logged.

The night­mare be­gan on Thurs­day af­ter a heavy evening down­pour left com­muters strand- ed—many­with­out­fu­e­land­wa­ter — on their way back home from Gur­gaon till well past mid­night. Many­w­ere­seen­a­ban­don­ingth­eir cars and wad­ing through kneedeep wa­ter. The cri­sis forced the lo­cal po­lice to ask Delhi res­i­dents to skip of­fice as the state gov­ern­ment an­nounced a two-day hol­i­day for schools.

In Mumbai, heavy show­ers killed a 45-year-old man af­ter a tree col­lapsed on his car as many parts of the city wit­nessed wa­ter­log­ging and huge pud­dles, slow­ing down traf­fic to a trickle.

The fren­zied scenes were mir­rored down south in Ban­ga­lore, where rain­fall over the past three days in­un­dated most of the city as lakes breached their banks and peo­ple were seen fish­ing in the swirling wa­ters.

VIJAYANAND GUPTA/HT

School­child­ren walk through a wa­ter­logged street at Sion on Fri­day.

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