Two killed, five injured due to heavy rain in Delhi

- July 10, 2023
| By : Patriot Bureau |

Delhi, on Saturday and Sunday, received heavy rainfall breaking a 41-year record. The city recorded 153 mm of rain in 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Sunday, the highest in a single day in July since 1982, the Indian Meteorological Office has said

A 30-year-old woman lost her life in north Delhi’s Subzi Mandi when a wall collapsed on her while an auto-rickshaw driver died in Rohini after a tree fell on his vehicle following heavy rain on Sunday, said police.

According to police, five other people were injured in separate incidents caused by rain.

They said that Priti, a resident of Sonepat’s Gannaur, was killed when a dilapidated portion of a wall of a veterinary hospital collapsed on her in the Subzi Mandi area.

Priti was with a girl, who too sustained wounds when she came under the wall, they said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Sagar Singh Kalsi said that a portion of the wall of the hospital fell towards a vacant plot adjacent to the railway line when the two were passing by at around 5Pm.

He said that both were rushed to a nearby hospital where the woman was declared brought dead and the girl has been stated to be out of danger.

Police said an FIR has been registered in this regard and investigation is underway.

In another incident an 49-year-old auto driver identified as Rajender died after a tree fell on his auto in Rohini, they said.

A senior official said that the injured driver was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

He said that the incident happened near the Rohini Sports complex bus stop in Sector-9, under the jurisdiction of Prashant Vihar Police Station.

According to officials, in west Delhi’s Moti Nagar, two eight-year-old boys on Sunday became victims of a tin shed collapse in Zakhira locality.

The fire department rescued the two boys Aalam and Maraluddin — who were trapped under the debris and both were admitted to a hospital with minor injuries, officials said.

They said that fire operator Daljeet too sustained injuries during the rescue operation.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Vichitra Veer said the incident happened when four-five children were playing in front of an abandoned shanty in the Rakhi Market in Zakhira.

While playing, two of them went inside the shanty and suddenly, a small part of its dilapidated roof collapsed on them, he said.

“They sustained minor injuries and got treatment at ABG Hospital Moti Nagar here. With the help of the fire staff, the debris was removed and no other person was found under the debris,” the DCP said.

On Sunday, several areas of the city were flooded and the DFS control room received 13 calls reporting to them house-collapse incidents, officials said

The Zakhira incident was reported at around 9.34 am and three fire tenders were rushed to the spot for rescue of the trapped people, DFS director Atul Garg said.

Furthermore, Delhi witnessed severe flooding, resulting in 13 reports of house-collapse incidents received by the DFS control room.

One such incident occurred in Seelampur, where a 48-year-old man and his six-year-old son were injured when a portion of a balcony collapsed on them. The house had been abandoned for 15 years and was in a dilapidated state. The father and son were taken to GTB Hospital for treatment and were declared out of danger.

Due to waterlogging, the power supply was cut off in Bharti Nagar and Lodhi Estate areas to prevent untoward incidents. Moreover, a large portion of a road caved in Rohini, Sector-24, leading to traffic restrictions in the area.

Delhi experienced a record-breaking downpour, with 153 mm of rain in a 24-hour period, the highest in July since 1982. This intense rainfall is the result of an interaction between a Western Disturbance and monsoon winds affecting northwest India, including Delhi. (With inputs from PTI)