Update: The elevated road was not elevated, it seems. The NHAI has said that water cannot collect, the way we see here, on top of an elevated road. The road in fact is from near IP Extension, and not an elevated one. The error is regretted. We have kept the original story below so you know what error we are talking about!
Delhi and adjoining areas were hit by heavy downpours yesterday that led to major waterlogging. Here is a video of a flyover on the NH24 that was severely waterlogged.
What is happening here?
The video of NH24 comes from the IP Extension area of Delhi. The video shows heavy waterlogging on the elevated road, which is a part of the Delhi-Meerut expressway. The heavy downpour caused massive traffic jams in the area yesterday and commuters were stuck in many different parts of the city.
The video shows how cars are struggling in the deep water. It is not known if the water level was higher on the ground level too. Another video shows that how traffic came to a standstill in a different part of the NH24 where vehicles were stranded for at least 5 hours. The video also shows that the lower roads were flooded due to the excessive rains in the city. Such flooding happens when the drainage system is not equipped to dispose off the water quickly enough.
Dear @narendramodi ji, u inaugurated Meerut “Expressway” a day b4 Kairana elections. Cudn’t withstand 1st rain. Road caved in, on July 3. Today, 2nd rain, whole road came to standstill at Ghazipur border for 5 hours. Extended to elevated road, which Yogi ji opened few days back. pic.twitter.com/X9UMEhnFX5
— Amit Tyagi (@hiambuj) July 26, 2018
While many commuters were stranded due to the flooding, there were many cars and bikes that stopped working due to hydro-locking. High level of water can be extremely dangerous for automobiles and one should never venture into such roads if the water level seems higher than the car’s water-wading depth. To assume a safe depth, one can always check if the water is deeper than the height of the car’s tyre. If the water level seems to be exceeding the half height of the tyre, it can be dangerous and the passengers can be left stranded.
Keeping the car safe
Travelling on waterlogged roads can be a bad idea. However, there are a few tips that can keep you safe while crossing such roads.
- Be slow but in high lower gear. If you keep the vehicle’s engine rpm high, the chances of water entering through the exhaust become low.
- Crossing waterlogged roads at high speed can cause the water to enter engine’s air-intake and stop the vehicle immediately.
- Never try to start the vehicle if stranded in water.
- If the water level is more than the door’s height, try to use the windows to come out of the vehicle.
- Always keep essentials like water and snacks in the car during monsoons. It comes in handy if the vehicle gets stuck on the road and help is not around.