Heavy rains in Indian capital trigger massive traffic jams, bring city to standstill

The capital has received the highest daily rainfall of the annual monsoon season. Photograph:( Others )

New Delhi, India Aug 31, 2016, 06.35 PM (IST)
Early morning torrential rains on Wednesday (August 31) brought the Indian capital New Delhi to a standstill as the waterlogged roads left hundreds of commuters, including the US secretary of state John Kerry, stranded on the roads. 

What started as a light drizzle early morning soon took face of a heavy downpour later.

Kerry, who is in Delhi and recently signed a pact with India for the countries to share their military bases, was caught up in a traffick snarl on his way to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). 

However, senior officials of the Delhi police claimed that Kerry was "given a clear passage and did not have encounter traffic". 

However, despite the absence of traffic, Kerry's motorcade was delayed as there were several stretches of roads that were waterlogged, sources said.

"I don't know how you all got here, you must have needed boats to get here," Kerry joked. 

As rains lashed the city, Kerry had to cancel visits to three religious sites. 

Television channels beamed harrowing images of office workers and school children stuck in traffic—frustrated and tired. Pedestrians could be seen wading their way through knee-deep waters. 

The capital has received the highest daily rainfall of the annual monsoon season, said a meteorological department official.

Excess rains triggering floods have killed at least 150 people in various parts of north and east India. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)