Waterlogging in several areas of the national capital due to heavy rains affected movement of traffic in the city on Sunday, officials said. A 56-year-old man died allegedly due to drowning after his mini-truck was submerged in water under the Minto Bridge in Delhi’s Barakhamba area.
The man, identified as Kundan Kumar, was a resident of Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. He was driving a Tata Ace from the New Delhi Railway Station to Connaught Place when he got stuck in the waterlogged area, they said.
While he was trying to manoeuvre his vehicle through the waterlogged underpass, Kumar got stuck and allegedly died due to drowning, said a senior police officer. He used to drive the vehicle, owned by his cousin Pritam, to transport goods, police said.
Kumar used to live near a taxi stand in Shankar Market area and is survived by his wife and two daughters, they said. His body has been shifted to a mortuary at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital wherein it will be handed over to his family after post-mortem.
Police said they suspected that he died due to drowning since no external injury marks were found on his body. Inquest proceedings have been initiated in this regard, they said.
Several houses have also been washed away in Anna Colony near ITO as heavy rainfall resulted in the sewage water being washed out.
#Alert | Dramatic visuals of houses near a drain in Delhi’s Anna Nagar cluster area being washed away in heavy rains.
No casualty reported as of now. pic.twitter.com/ontg5NTBwe
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The Delhi Traffic Police posted alerts on Twitter to inform commuters about waterlogged roads.
However, the Delhi government soon took charge of the flood and removed excess water from most areas. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter and shared a picture of a clear road near the Minto Bridge.