Rain leaves city in deep waters
TWO PERSONS died of electrocution and five persons were injured in a house collapse even as heavy rain left the entire city waterlogged on Thursday.
Those died of electrocution have been identified as Meera (11) and Govind (33). Reports said that the current passed into waterlogged road through a resident’s illegal connection.
Walls of a factory behind the Chowk Police Station collapsed and a house in Raza Bazaar fell due to heavy rainfall leaving five injured on Thursday. Rain literally flooded the city with backflow causing undue troubles to school and office-goers. Water entered several houses in various localities and the residents had tough time clearing it out.
Many families had no option but to wait for the rain to stop and water clear naturally as they couldn’t get any response from the LMC control room.
The residents of the VVIP areas, like Gomti Nagar, Vijai Khand, Vishwas Khand, Aliganj, Ashiana, Nirala Nagar, had to brave knee-deep water in the morning.
While the whole Alambagh flooded. The residents of Prem Nagar, Sujan Pura, Madhuban Nagar, Bada Barha, Kailash Puri, Patel Nagar, Adarsh Nagar, Azad Nagar, faced problems due to waterlogging in their colonies, too.
The traffic going through Mawwaiyya overbridge was diverted to the VIP Road as water rose to human height under the bridge. Many persons were stranded after their vehicles conked in the waterlogged roads. Small time mechanics made most out of it. Water gushed into many houses in Mankameshwar ward, Tikait Rai Ka Talab, Campbell Road, Kishore Nagar, Prem Nagar, Thakurganj, Tehseenganj, Shamnan gardens, Mari Mata Ka Mandir area. The residents suffered a loss as their belongings were drowned in the water.
The officials of Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) were on the run on Thursday due to number of calls from VVIP areas like Kalidas Marg, Vikramaditya Marg .
Mobiles of some of the officials when contacted by the municipal chief were found switched off despite the chief’s clear instructions in this regard.
Several people slipped and a number of two-wheelers had minor to dangerous skids on the road passing by from Golf Club to Jiamau. The piles of mud, which is clay soil, trickled on to road and made the road slippery. Even some four-wheelers were seen skidding.
10 Pumps were pressed in Jawahar Nagar, Akbari Gate, Chaupatia, Napier road, Balaganj, Gadhi Peer Khan, Prem Nagar, Campbell Road, and Medical College to pump out the water. Two pumps were pressed into service in the chief ministers residence to flush out the rainwater.
The LMC control room received 29 complaints of water logging on Thursday.