Rainstorm hits nation’s capital, 2 dead

New Delhi, May 30 (UNI) At least two people lost their lives in separate incidents after the nation’s capital received a heavy downpour, accompanied by a hailstorm, which hit some parts of the nation’s capital on Monday night .

The deaths were reported near Jama Masjid and in the Angoori Bagh area near Red Fort.

A 50-year-old man died after part of a balcony fell on him near Jama Masjid. Another 65-year-old man died when a tree fell on him at Angoori Bagh near Red Fort, Delhi police said.

Police identified the 50-year-old man as Kamal Lal. He was walking outside when a portion of a balcony fell on him from the second floor.

Meanwhile, 65-year-old homeless man named Basir Baba was killed on Angoori Bagh Road after a tree fell on him, he added.

Delhi Police have so far said no foul play is suspected.

“A call from Sanjeevan Hospital, Darya Ganj, was received at Jama Masjid Police Station at around 6:08 p.m. regarding a male, namely Kamal, aged around 50, who died on arrival,” DCP Central said. .

“Upon investigation, it was found that today around 4pm, Kamal was wandering outside his house and suddenly, due to heavy rain and a thunderstorm, the second floor balcony of a nearby property fell on Kamal , who was brought to the hospital by his son Himanshu. So far, no foul play is suspected in Kamal’s death,” he added.

On the other hand, Basir was pronounced dead in hospital after a tree fell on him. Two others managed to escape without serious injury.

The downpour, coupled with high winds and a hailstorm in some places, damaged many cars, halted traffic, uprooted trees and led to power outages in various parts of Delhi and nearby areas.

The rains also caused congestion in several areas of the capital. Flights also had to be diverted due to bad weather.

Delhi Police said a total of 294 calls had been received as of 8 p.m. regarding trees falling as a result of rain.

Additionally, the central dome finial of the iconic Jama Masjid also sustained major damage in the rainstorm, injuring two to three people. Vijay Chowk’s canopy was also knocked down in the rain.

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