An Indian man reportedly died due to drowning while he was taking a selfie video of the waterlogging at a flooded Delhi railway underpass on Monday, July 19, according to local authorities.

The man has been identified as Ravi Chautala, 27, a resident of South Delhi’s Gautampuri in Jaitpur. The incident reportedly happened at a waterlogged railway underpass in Pul Prahlad Pur area, South East Delhi, India.

The police officers received a call at noon about a man who had drowned in the Pul Prahlad Pur area. Rescue teams were shortly sent to the location, unfortunately, Chautala could not be saved and his body had to be fished out of the waterlogged underpass, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) RP Meena said.

His body was sent to All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS) health facility for an autopsy. The family of the deceased has also been informed of the untimely death, said the DCP. The officer added that a further probe into the matter is underway, Hindustan Times reported.

Chautala had reportedly gone to the waterlogged underpass to shoot selfies or videos when he had a misstep and drowned, eyewitnesses told the police.

On Monday, July 19 morning, the underpass was reportedly closed to all movement due to the heavy rain in the Delhi-NCR area. The underpass was half-filled with rainwater since the morning and police barricades were placed to block the roads leading to it. Waterlogging was majorly reported from areas of Ring Road, Pragati Maidan, Palam, Kirari, and Rohtak road, according to the Hindu.

Meanwhile, massive traffic snarls have reportedly prevailed due to waterlogging on Ring Road near Millennium Park, Sarai Kale Khan, Kilokri, near IP Flyover, Dhaula Kuan, Vikas Marg, Azadpur, among others.

Waterlogged streets, collapsed walls, uprooted trees, and traffic jams have been reported from across the city due to the heavy rain.

A white car belonging to a constable of the Delhi Traffic Police reportedly fell into a sinkhole in Dwarka’s Sector 18. The constable was safely rescued and the car was taken out from the pit with the help of a crane.

Nineteen incidents were reported of trees being uprooted and six cases were reported of walls collapsing in areas under South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) jurisdiction.

Waterlogging was reportedly recorded at 37 locations under SDMC and at seven under North body, according to data shared by the municipalities.

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