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Rains in North India: 10 Killed in Related Incidents in UP, Gurugram Urges Work From Home

In Uttar Pradesh's Etawah, seven people were killed, including four children of a family, in three incidents of wall collapse.

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New Delhi: At least 10 people were killed and 11 were injured in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh since Wednesday, September 21. In the Delhi National Capital Region, rains have inundated streets amidst forecast that more downpour is likely.

Uttar Pradesh

According to the India Meteorological Department, rainfall or thundershowers have been observed at most places over West Uttar Pradesh since Wednesday morning.

In Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah, seven people were killed, including four children of a family, in three incidents of wall collapse. Deaths have also been reported from Firozabad (2) and Balrampur (1) districts since Wednesday.

The Etawah observatory recorded 140 mm rainfall in 24 hours till 8.30 am Thursday.

Four children, aged 10, eight, seven and five years respectively, died in their sleep after a wall of their house collapsed in Chandra Pura village under Civil Lines police station area, Etawah District Magistrate Avnish Kumar Rai said.

A five-year-old sibling of the children and their grandmother who is 70 were injured in the incident.

Etawah Superintendent of Police (City) Kapil Dev Singh said an elderly couple, Ram Sanehi (65) and Reshma Debi (62), died when a boundary wall of a petrol pump collapsed onto their hut in Kripalpur village under Ekdil police station.

In yet another incident in the district, Jabar Singh (35) was buried alive after his house in Andava ke Banglan village under Chakarnagar police station collapsed following heavy rains, SHO Deepak Kumar said.

In Firozabad, a house collapse in Banshinagar locality under Shikohabad police station on Wednesday night killed a six-year-old, and left eight members of his family injured, District Magistrate Ravi Ranjan said.

In another incident in the district, Isaac Ali, 57, died under the rubble of a collapsed wall in Nagla Gawe of Eka police station area.

In Balrampur district, Ashraf (13) died and his 12-year-old cousin suffered burns due to lightning at Bargadwa Saif village of Pachpedwa police station on Thursday, a senior official said.

The injured has been admitted to a hospital.

In Aligarh and Firozabad, heavy rains over the past three days caused waterlogging in several low lying areas of the city and rural belts, affecting normal life.

Gurugram

The district administration at Gurugram has ordered all private office employees to work from home on Friday amid heavy rains.

The District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), in an advisory, said that all corporate offices and private institutions are advised to guide employees to work from home to avoid traffic congestion.

The advisory cited chances of waterlogging and traffic congestion.

Commuters push their vehicle down the waterlogged Delhi-Gurugram Expressway service road after rainfall, in Gurugram, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Photo: PTI

Deputy Commissioner, Nishant Kumar Yadav on twitter said, “Gurugram District Administration has issued advisory for all corporate companies, private institutions to allow their employees to work from home in larger public interest,”

Traffic jams were reported in some areas in the morning due to waterlogging.

Delhi

For the last two days, rains have continued in Delhi, leading to waterlogging and affecting traffic movement in several areas of the city.

The IMD issued a ‘yellow alert’, cautioning people about moderate rain at most places in Delhi.

The Safdarjung Observatory, Delhi’s primary weather station, gauged 40.8 mm of rainfall between 5.30 pm on Thursday and 8.30 am on Friday. The weather stations at Lodhi Road, Ridge and Ayanagar received 44 mm, 24.6 mm and 60 mm of precipitation respectively during this period.

The IMD on Tuesday said the southwest monsoon had withdrawn from parts of southwest Rajasthan and adjoining Kutch, three days after the normal date of September 17. Usually, it takes around a week after its withdrawal from west Rajasthan for the monsoon to retreat from Delhi.

The withdrawal of southwest monsoon is declared if there has been no rainfall in the region for five days along with the development of anti-cyclonic circulation and water vapour imagery indicates dry weather conditions over the region.

(With PTI inputs)