Hit by heavy Delhi showers for the second time, US Secretary of State John Kerry applauded IIT Delhi students for turning up large numbers despite the deluge on Wednesday.
"Don't know how you all got here. You must've needed boats to get here," Kerry quipped in his session with students in the morning.
Kerry was scheduled for a talk with IIT Delhi's students at 9.30am on Wednesday but was delayed as heavy rains lashed NCR. He arrived closer to 11 am, instead.
The top US official got a warm welcome from students as he opened his talk with IIT Delhi students with the joke about the rain.
As part of the second India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, US Secretary of State John Kerry visited the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi – the country’s premier engineering college – to interact with students.
The US secretary of state got a taste of Delhi's monsoon traffic jams on Monday, when his motorcade took nearly an hour to reach the Taj Mahal hotel from IGI Airport.
Kerry's cavalcade was stuck near the Teen Murti crossing as the Shantipath-Teen Murti roundabout was waterlogged. Cops had to stop traffic on all the other stretches for half an hour to allow the cavalcade to pass. Sources said more than 50 policemen were deployed to make way for the VIP.
Kerry was supposed to visit the Sisganj Gurudwara, Gaurishankar Temple and the Jama Masjid in the national capital after his IIT event, but that programme has been postponed for now
Civic authorities and Delhi police have asked residents to stay away from the roads as far as possible. It started to pour around 7 am in various parts of Delhi NCR and by 9 am water was knee-deep in over a dozen neighbourhoods.