MORE THAN half-a-dozen low-lying areas were inundated after heavy rains lashed the City all through last night. The deluge submerged dozens of houses in CP Shekhar Nagar, Chandan Nagar, Harsiddhi and other low-lying areas forcing the district administration to evacuate nearly 3,000 residents to safety. The evacuees have been housed at government schools in the vicinity.
More than three inches of rain was recorded during the past 24 hours bringing the total rainfall in the City to 38.5 inches. The heavy overnight rains, which relented a little by morning, threw normal life completely out of gear and cast a shadow on the Anant Chaturdashi procession.
Both Sukhlia and Khatipura bridges were closed to traffic after more than two feet of water collected on the road. The deluge led to all the lakes as well as the Khan and Saraswati storm water drains coming in spate with the water almost reaching the levels of the Juni Indore, Muktidham and Chandrabhaga bridges.
Water from Sirpur Lake overflowed flooding dozens of homes in Chandan Nagar, Ganga Nagar and Damodar Nagar. Water logging reports also poured in from Suraj Nagar, Ganraj Nagar Chetan Nagar and Kailashpuri on Kanadia Road. Nearly 20 houses built near Velocity multiplex also became submerged allegedly owing to the construction of a colony on a nearby nullah by a prominent builder.
Heavy losses were also reported from Ishwarchand Vidyasagar Nagar with many residents complaining that household goods worth thousands of rupees were washed away by the downpour.
The heavy rain threw life completely out of gear submerging roads in Palsikar Colony and Khatiwala Tank near Manikbag holding up vehicular traffic.
The deluge also damaged the retaining wall of Pipliyapala Lake resulting in waist-deep water collecting on nearby streets and holding up traffic on the Ring Road.
A MIDDLE-AGED woman who was swept away in Bhooteshwar Nullah during the heavy rains last night had a providential escape after a group of Nagar Suraksha Samiti members dived in and pulled her to safety.
According to police, the woman, Laxmibai, a resident of Mali Mohalla, was swept away when she went to answer the call of nature on the banks of the nullah in the morning.
A group of Samiti members led by Chandra Prajapat saw the woman being swept away downstream from where the incident occurred and dove in to rescue her.