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Heavy rains lash Delhi-NCR, brings respite to people from sultry heat

Heavy rains lashed several parts of Delhi on Tuesday, providing much-needed respite from the sultry heat experienced over the past few days.

Noida and Ghaziabad in the National Capital Region (NCR) also witnessed heavy showers, with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicting more downpours over the next five days. Visuals captured commuters navigating through the rain in Ghaziabad.

This fresh spell of rain in Delhi follows a period of incessant rainfall that brought the city to a standstill and resulted in the deaths of at least six people, including children.

On June 28, Delhi received the highest single-day rainfall for the month in 88 years, leading to severe flooding. Several areas of the city remained inundated for days, leaving residents without power and water. The heavy rains also caused the canopy of Terminal 1 at Delhi Airport to collapse, tragically claiming one life.

Meanwhile, the air quality in Delhi was recorded in the satisfactory category, with the AQI reading 76 at 9 AM, as per data provided by the Central Pollution Control Board.

The downpours have also led to a spike in tomato prices across North India, including Uttar Pradesh, Delhi NCR, and Haryana. Farmers in the Muradabad region, known for its extensive tomato farming, have reported significant crop damage due to the heavy rains. Tomatoes from this region typically supply markets in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi NCR, and Haryana.

As a result of the rain damage, the prices of tomatoes, potatoes, and onions have surged. In June, tomatoes were priced between 40 to 50 rupees per kilo, but they have now soared to 75 to 80 rupees per kilo. Similarly, potato prices have risen to 25 to 30 rupees per kilo, while onion prices have reached 40 to 45 rupees per kilo. The heavy rains across several states have severely impacted vegetable prices.

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