Monsoon arrives in Delhi ahead of schedule

New Delhi, June 16 (IANS) Monsoon reached Delhi Sunday, a good fortnight ahead of schedule, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

‘Monsoon has reached Delhi…it is two weeks ahead of the schedule,’ an IMD official said, attributing this advance of monsoon to ‘a low pressure area around west Madhya Pradesh’.

Various parts of the capital received a substantial quantity of rain, which resulted in accumulation of water and choked drains in many places.

The traffic also was affected near Akshardham temple in east Delhi.

The monsoon was set to arrive in Delhi June 29.

‘The low pressure area that has been formed in the area around west Madhya Pradesh has resulted in the early setting of the monsoon here,’ added the official.

Around 19 millimetre (mm) rainfall has been recorded in the capital since 8.30 a.m.

The rainfall is expected to continue for the next two to three days, the officials added.

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