Heavy rainfall, which started on Friday night around 10pm and continued till Saturday afternoon, made the life miserable for Jalandhar residents and a majority of the city remained submerged as rainwater even entered the houses situated in upper areas of the city.
The city received 54.7 mm of rainfall since Friday midnight, meteorological officials revealed. The maximum temperature also dropped in the city by nearly 15 degrees Celsius.
The city, which was boiling at 45 degrees Celsius last week, on Saturday recorded maximum temperature at 30.2 degrees Celsius.
"It had never happened with me. I had never expected that rainwater could enter my house. All my rooms got filled with rainwater," said Kulwinder Kaur, a lecturer and a resident of New Rajinder Nagar.
People were seen throwing water outside their houses using buckets in areas of Basti Sheikh, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Colony, Neela Mehal, Udham Singh Nagar, Basti Bawa Khel, Kapurthala Road, Nakodar Road, GT Road, Near Bus Stand, Rama Mandi, Defense Colony, PAP Chowk, Rama Mandi Chowk, Kishanpura, Domoria Bridge, Ikehari Puli, Adda Hoshiarpur, Kot Kishan Chand, railway station and many other places.
"We are living here in the colony for the past 20 years and this is the scene after every rainfall. Many a time, we had approached the authorities concerned to find out a solution, but to no avail. Life has become hell for all of us," said Pankaj Midda, a resident of Bhagat Singh Colony, where a breach in the overflow drain added to woes of residents.
A ditch machine was put into operation to fill the breach and the work continued till afternoon.
Vehicle movement and businesses in the city was badly affected due to rainfall and people had to face difficulty in reaching the workplace.
"I had to appear in an interview on Saturday, but could not go as there was waterlogging in my area due to rainfall," said Puja Sharma, a resident of Bhagat Singh Colony.
The meteorological department has predicted cloudy sky in the next 24 hours with light to heavy thunderstorm in the region.
Provide motorboats to residents: Henry
Taking a dig at the failure of the municipal corporation in providing relief to Jalandhar residents from waterlogging during rain, senior Congress leader and former minister Avtar Henry on Saturday asked the corporation officials to provide boats on concessional rates to residents.
In an open letter written to mayor Sunil Jyoti, Henry said, "The first rain of the season had belied all claims of the municipal corporation of clean sewer lines in the city. Almost every area of the city had turned into a lake and it would be better if the corporation officials start providing boats to the residents so their work is not affected."
"The corporation is directly responsible for the loss of businesses which could not function due to waterlogging. The corporation should made public the amount of rupees spent on the cleaning of sewer lines in the city in the past six years. The situation had turned worst from bad. It appears that the corporation has "drained" the whole money," Henry said.
In none of the meetings of the corporation, the point of providing relief to residents from rainwater was discussed, alleged Henry.