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22 Jan 2019 | 04:26 AM UTC

India: Heavy downpours in New Delhi region January 22

Heavy rain hits New Delhi January 22, leading to transportation disruptions; level of air pollution improved

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Event

In the morning (local time) of Tuesday, January 22, heavy rain, strong winds, and hailstorms hit the New Delhi region, leading to significant transportation disruptions. Several New Delhi-bound trains have experienced delays up to three hours. However, the heavy rainfall along with wind gusts have improved the air pollution level as of Tuesday, with the air pollution index dropping to a "moderate" level.

Advice

Individuals in the New Delhi region are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation and power disruptions, obey instructions issued by the local authorities, and avoid flood-prone areas until the situation stabilizes. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.

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