Thirty passengers were rescued after a bus they were travelling in got stuck in an inundated stretch of road near Hanuman Mandir in Yamuna Bazar area of New Delhi on Saturday.
A spell of heavy rains brought traffic in parts of the national capital to a standstill with motorists struggling to navigate the waterlogged streets.
Police and fire brigade officials were called in to rescue the passengers of the bus. The rescuers waded through waist-deep water to reach the passengers and evacuate them to safety.
This is not the first time that a bus carrying passengers found itself stuck in an inundated road.
The photograph of a Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus submerged under the Minto Bridge in New Delhi after heavy rains on 13 July had gone viral with people commenting on the sorry state of affairs of the national capital’s civic infrastructure.
The bus – a low-floor, air-conditioned vehicle – was photographed in the middle of Minto Bridge, with only the roof visible.
Heavy rain lashed the national capital and NCR on the morning of 1 September causing waterlogging in several parts of the city.
Though the rains brought the minimum temperature down to 23.5 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average, the waterlogging left many frustrated with the city’s civic infrastructure.
Many people took to Twitter to post pictures of roads logged with water at various places, wondering what the situation would be in case Delhi receives rainfall of an intensity equivalent to Assam or Kerala.
The Met office forecasts more spells of rains and thundershowers to occur during the day.
“The sky will be generally cloudy with light to moderate rains,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.