"It looks like the rains this time have warmly welcomed you," Modi said as he greeted Kerry and the US delegation on Wednesday for talks.

Kerry's motorcade was caught in two hours of traffic chaos when he arrived in the Indian capital on Monday night for the annual US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue that seeks to deepen the bond between the world's two largest democracies.

On Wednesday, on the way to deliver a speech to students after another heavy downpour, his car inched through streets that in places looked like fast-flowing rivers. At times the water reached the top of its wheels.

"You guys all deserve an award for getting here today. I don't know if you came in boats or amphibious vehicles of some kind but thank you so much for making the effort," he told the students at the Indian Institute of Technology.

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Roads were blocked off as knots of workers battled to drain the floodwaters.

As the US delegation approached Modi's office, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker fell when her heel got caught in a crack on the sidewalk. Kerry came to her aid, picking up a binder she had dropped, and steadying her as they made their way into the meeting.

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Pritzker looked shaken but was unhurt. Earlier, she told reporters that one focus of the India-US dialogue was on so-called ‘smart’ cities and infrastructure.

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