Residents again woke up to pitter-patter of the rain on the second consecutive day on Monday. Meanwhile, Chandigarh received more rainfall than it had on a single day in March since 2008.
With the weather man’s prediction of more rain on Monday coming true, the city recorded 64mm rain as of 8:30am, while it rained another 4.3mm till the evening. The last time it rained more than this was on March 1, 2007, when the city recorded 90.2mm rain.
According to Chandigarh Meteorological Centre, the thundershowers would continue on Tuesday and the sky would remain partly cloudy until Thursday. The Met also said light to moderate rain and thundershowers would occur at various places in Haryana and Punjab during the next 48 hours and at a few places thereafter.
Meanwhile, the downpour brought down the temperature considerably. The maximum temperature dropped to 17 degrees Celsius — nine notches below the normal temperature — from 19 degrees Celsius on Sunday. The minimum temperature settled at 13.4 degree Celsius, two degrees higher than the normal.
One flight cancelled, trains delayed
The rain adversely affected the rail and air traffic on Monday. While one flight was cancelled, three long-distance trains were delayed owing to the weather. As it continued to rain during the day, the daily flight between Chandigarh and Srinagar could not take off. Besides, the Kalka Mail, which runs between Howrah and Kalka, was delayed by about 14 hours, Unchahar Express, which runs between Allahabad and Chandigarh, was running over eight hours late, and the Kerala Sampark Kranti Express was delayed by more than four hours.
Downpour brings along power outages
While the incessant rain in March continued to surprise residents on Monday, power outages added to their woes. Electricity remained suspended in some parts of Chandigarh for almost the entire day from 11am to 5pm.
The UT electricity department staff said there was short-circuit in some city areas due to the rain, as a result the power supply remained affected in parts of Sectors 17, 18, 19, 28, 29, 31, 35, 37, 38, 38 West, 39, 40, 41, 42, 45, Dadumajra, Maloya and Khuda Lahora.
The residents complained that they did not have any prior intimation about the outage, leaving them high and dry. UT superintendent engineer (electricity) MP Singh said the rain caused electricity problems in some sectors. But it was later rectified.
Residents of Panchkula were also at the receiving end as power remained shutdown in the morning hours. They complained that there was erratic supply in Sectors 6, 7, 12, 16, 17 and Mansa Devi Complex. In SAS Nagar, power supply remained disrupted in parts of Sector 69 throughout Sunday night and intermittently on Monday.