After two days of heavy downpour wreaked havoc across Indore, the clouds cleared on Thursday afternoon.
Though water receded from some roads, colonies and slum areas, low-lying areas in the city remain partially submerged.
On Tuesday, after torrential rains began, the district administration evacuated some 3,000 residents from low-lying areas of the city. “The rescue efforts made by officials and staff in the past days were commendable,” mayor Malini Gaud said.
She held a review meeting on Thursday and issued instructions to all officials, staff and public representatives to be prepared to deal with any situation in the coming days.
“Obstructions restricting the free flow of drainage channels and encroachments on major nullahs and rivers across the city have been identified; and we are making all possible efforts like bringing down illegal encroachments and paving way to clear water logs on roads and colonies to ensure free flow of water,” she said.
District collector P Narahari and municipal commissioner Manish Singh kept constant vigil on developments till late on Wednesday night to ensure safety of people, and a solution to the annual drainage problem is being looked into.
“We are looking to make permanent arrangements to ensure the city’s drainage system does not break down in case of heavy downpour," Gaud said.
Many areas like Gwala Colony, CP Shekhar Nagar, Nandbagh Colony, New Sunder Nagar, Gadda Basti, South Toda, low-lying areas around Sirpur Lake, and slum dwellings are still dealing with the devastation left in the wake of recent rains.
With large swathes of land inundated, the number of houseflies has increased in a number of areas of the city, increasing the probability of spread of waterborne diseases. “We have alerted all zonal officers to keep close watch on outbreak of waterborne diseases in the city,” the mayor said.
Meanwhile, moderate rains on Thursday took the total rainfall this season to 1,015.3 millimetres, or 39.97 inches, going past the average rainfall of 35 inches.
Indore had received 21.8 millimetres of rainfall in 24 hours by 8:30 am on Thursday. Though rain intensity has let up a little, the meteorological department has predicted continuing light to moderate rains and heavy rains at isolated places in Indore division over the next 24 hours.
Department regional head Anupam Kashyapi said rain will subside by Friday evening, though there could be a thunderstorm before that.