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Late-night storm fells over 80 trees, outer and south Delhi worst hit
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New Delhi: With very strong winds sweeping the city on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, a large number of trees toppled over and parts of some buildings collapsed in the city.

While few waterlogging complaints were received by the capital’s 12 municipal zonal offices, at least 81 cases of uprooting of trees were reported. Outer Delhi areas and parts of south Delhi like Najafgarh faced the maximum impact while East Delhi areas saw few complaints.

In North Delhi Municipal Corporation jurisdiction areas, 41 complaints of tree falling, with maximum damage in outer Delhi areas like Rohini and Narela, were reported. Seven cases of portions of buildings or walls collapsing were reported from areas like Turkman Gate, Bhalswa, Inderpuri and Shalimar Bagh while waterlogging was observed in East Patel Nagar, Begumpur and Pooth Khurd areas.

A senior official said that Rohini zone was impacted the most with more than 50% cases of tree felling being observed in this zone. A total of 22 trees were uprooted in various parts of Rohini, Udyog Nagar and Peeragarhi.
Concretisation of base around trees has been the key cause of concern for roots of trees getting weakened, which eventually leads to a large number of cases of uprooting of trees during rain and thunderstorms.

South Delhi Municipal Corporation received 35 cases of tree felling and uprooting while no complaints of waterlogging or building collapse were reported. Its south zone recorded maximum 16 cases of tree felling from sites in RK Puram, Pushp Vihar, Safdarjung Enclave, GK-2, Sheikh Sarai and Adhchini. Najafgarh zone recorded eight such cases from residential areas in Kakrola, Nawada, Shyam Vihar, Palam and Matiala. West zone areas like Janakpuri, Vikaspuri, Rajouri Garden and Punjabi Bagh witnessed eight tree felling cases while minimal impact was observed in the central zone. Three trees fell in Jangpura and the shooting range near Tughlaqabad Fort.

Similarly, East Delhi Municipal Corporation recorded five tree felling cases and no complaints of waterlogging. Shahdara South zone witnessed three tree felling cases from Vivek Vihar, Jwala Nagar and Trilokpuri while Shahdara North zone received such complaints from Mandoli and Dilshad Garden colonies.

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