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Heavy rains surprise National Capital Region
It was almost six in the morning when thundering started and by the time it was seven, it started raining. Initially it was a light shower, however, with every passing minute the intensity of the rains increased in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The entire NCR be it Delhi, Gurgaon or Noida witnessed a heavy downpour. At the time of filing of this report rains have notstopped.

Heavy rains caused heavy traffic jamsand water logging in Delhi and NCR regions as the rains started inthe morning during the peak hours when everybody was rushing to theiroffices.

Rains have also impacted many pre-scheduled programmes across the city. Sujata Sengupta, who has organized anexhibition of her products 'With Love' at Dilli Haat was sad that theheavy rains have reduced the morning footfall at her stall on theopeneing day.

She said, "A very sad start to myexhibition. ...me and my team worked so enthusiastically hard thewhole night and look at rain lord...he won't stop even for a second.But it is said that "ant bhala toh sab bhala"....so I nowhope and pray that the exhibition ends not only well but superduperly well. Once the rain stops...hope to see a lot of known facesat Dilli Haat, INA."

The unexpected heavy rains have floodedvarious Durga Pooja Pandals in the region. According to IMD, therewill be a moderate to light rainfall over this weekend.

Shrabani Mukherjee, who lives in Gurgaon said, I was really excited this weekend as Durga Puja isalways a big deal and so I had full plans to celebrate the two dayswith my family. But this morning as I woke up to a rainy day I couldsee my plans go down the drains (literally).

In Delhi the monsoon normally withdrawsby the end of September. However, this year's monsoon is reported tobe the longest one in more than 50 years.

Due to the poor post rain managementsystem of the civic authorities, rainfall has become a nightmare forthe NCR residents.

Ms. Mukherjee added that, Moreover,the roads in Gurgaon as usual were like open drains and I had to swimto office for most part of it. To make matters worse, some autodrivers, car drivers intentionally splashed water on the pedestrians.I love rains but this non seasonal shower is not helping at all.

The India Meteorological Department(IMD) has recorded 26 mm of rain so far today. The minimumtemperature was recorded as 21.5 degree Celsius.

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