Heavy morning rains in Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon

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Heavy rains lashed the national capital today leading to water-logging in major roads that crippled movement of traffic across the city.

Delhi Traffic Police said major water-logged points included Ring Road Dhaula Kuan, Bhairon Marg towards Mathura Road and the Teen Murti roundabout among others.

The weather office has forecast thunderstorm with rain through the day. The minimum temperature was recorded at 26 degrees Celsius at 8.30 AM.

The city received 3.9 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours, an official said. The maximum temperature will be around 32 degrees Celsius.

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Barapullah flyover towards DND, Ashram Chowk, Ring Road Maharani Bagh, Lajpat Nagar, Sarai Kale Khan, Raja Garden towards Mayapuri and Gymkhana towards Teen Murti Marg were also among the major water-logged points.

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposed visit to three religious sites in the city was cancelled today as heavy rains lashed the national capital since morning.

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Kerry was scheduled to visit the Gauri Shankar temple, Jama Masjid and Gurdwara Sisganj Sahib in the old Delhi area around 11 AM today.

“The visit had to be cancelled due to heavy rains in Delhi,” sources in the US Embassy said.

Kerry, who is on a three-day-visit to India, was supposed to visit the sites yesterday itself but it was postponed.

The US leader has had a difficult time with the city’s traffic since he landed on Monday night.

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His convoy was stuck on Satya Marg in Lutyens Delhi for an hour on Monday by a “spillover effect” owing to waterlogging in the main carriageways.

In adjoining Noida, the heavy downpour caused flood-like situation in several parts of the city. The students struggled to go to school, while office goers found it difficult to find public transport because of water-logging.

The situation was equally grim as life was thrown out of gear because of incessant rains.

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