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Record rain wreaks havoc in Delhi;roads airport flooded

Delhi woke up to waterlogged streets and traffic snarls on Saturday as heavy rainfall pummelled the city with 81.3mm mm rainfall in just three hours between 5.30 and 8.30am. Driven by Saturday’s rain — the Safdarjung observatory received 124.2 mm rainfall till 5.30pm — monsoon this year broke a 46-year-old record. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the city has received 1136.8mm rain so far, making it the wettest monsoon after 1975 when the season recorded 1155.6 mm rainfall. The all-time record, from 1933, stands at 1420.3 mm, according to IMD. The unusual monsoon this year has set another record — after 1944, which had the rainiest September on record, this year’s September has so far reported the most rainfall. With a good part of the month still left, this year’s September could become the rainiest since 1901, the year when earliest rainfall data is available.In just 11 days, the city has recorded 380.2mm rainfall, according to data. In September 1944, the city received 417.3mm rain.

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