Delhi: Two boys drown in flooded underpass; heavy rain forecast for next two days

Delhi Fire Service director Atul Garg said the boys were rushed to Babu Jagjeevan Ram Hospital where doctors declared them brought dead.
A child at a waterlogged street in New Delhi on Saturday
A child at a waterlogged street in New Delhi on SaturdayPhoto | Shekhar Yadav, EPS

NEW DELHI : Lashed by rains since Friday and predictions for more heavy showers, Delhi’s woes continued unabated. Two children, both aged around 9 years, died after drowning in a waterlogged underpass in north Delhi’s Samaypur Badli on Saturday, pushing the death toll from Friday’s heavy rainfall to 11.

The city is likely to receive heavy rainfall over the next two days, IMD said on Saturday, a day after the monsoon arrived in the city with the downpour in 88 years. The IMD has issued an “orange” alert for heavy rain for the next four days. Parts of Delhi, including Rohini and Burari, received rainfall on Saturday morning.

DCP (outer-north) RK Singh said cops responded to a call about drowning of a boy near Siraspur underpass at 2.25 pm. “The police team found the underpass flooded with 3-ft water. Fire brigade personnel found two boys lying in an unconscious state,” the DCP said.

Delhi Fire Service director Atul Garg said the boys were rushed to Babu Jagjeevan Ram Hospital where doctors declared them brought dead.

In a seperate incident, a 60-year-old man riding a two-wheeler died after he fell down and drowned in a waterlogged underpass in Okhla, said DCP (southeast) Rajesh Deo.

Rescue personnel managed to pull out the bodies of three labourers who were trapped under the rubble of a collapsed under-construction structure in Vasant Vihar area.

Rajkot airport roof crash

A day after a canopy collapsed at Delhi airport, a similar incident took place at Gujarat’s Rajkot International Airport due to heavy rains. No one was injured.

Heavy rains in Haridwar

In Uttarakhand, heavy rain lashed Haridwar and several cars were washed away after flooding in the Sukhi river. Rainwater gushed into homes and left many roads waterlogged.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (outer-north) RK Singh said that they received a call about the drowning of a 12-year-old boy near Siraspur underpass.

“The underpass near metro was flooded with almost 2.5-3 feet of water. The fire brigade conducted a search operation and recovered the bodies,” the DCP said.

DFS Director Atul Garg said both the boys were immediately rushed to Babu Jagjeevan Ram Hospital where doctors declared them brought dead. The police said that it looked like a case of suspected drowning while the boys were taking a bath.

Bodies of three labourers recovered

In another incident, a 60-year-old man, who was riding a scooty, lost his life after he fell down and drowned in a waterlogged underpass in southeast Delhi’s Okhla area. DCP (southeast) Rajesh Deo said they found one unconscious person namely Digvijay Kumar Chaudhary, a resident of Badarpur and was sent to AIIMS Trauma Centre where he was declared brought dead.

In southwest Delhi, after a nearly 24-hour-long operation, the rescue agencies managed to pull out the bodies of three labourers who were trapped under a rubble of a collapsed under-construction structure in Vasant Vihar area. The three labourers - Santosh Yadav (19), Santosh (19) and Daya Ram (45) - were trapped in a mud slush caused due to rains.

DCP (southwest) Rohit Meena said that the rescue agencies used machines to drain the water out from the pit but the slush was way too thick which was repeatedly getting stuck in the machine pipes.

The first death was reported from the IGI airport where a 45-year-old cab driver died after a canopy fell over his parked car. On Friday, in northeast Delhi’s New Usmanpur area, two children lost their lives after they drowned in a pool. Another death was reported from the Rohini area where a 39-year-old man was electrocuted.

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