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82mm rain pours misery on Chandigarh residents

Heavy rains lashed the city on Tuesday evening. Traffic jams were witnessed at various roundabouts and roads, including at Sectors 9, 16, 17, 34, 35 and 37.

punjab Updated: Sep 25, 2015 12:10 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Hindustan Times
Commuters caught in the deluge in Phase 5, SAS Nagar.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)

Heavy rains lashed the city on Tuesday evening. Traffic jams were witnessed at various roundabouts and roads, including at Sectors 9, 16, 17, 34, 35 and 37. Waterlogged roads made commuting a hassle. Besides on Madhya Marg up to the Housing Boarding light point, water accumulated on various internal roads.

The city received 82mm rain on Tuesday, making it one of the heaviest showers in a day this season.

The worst-affected areas were the stretch between Attawa and Sector 35, Sectors 22, 43, 44 and 45, Palsora, Burail, Sector-29 iron market and Industrial Area, especially near the CTU workshop. Roads in some southern sectors, too, remained flooded due to blocked stormwater drains.

On Thursday, the maximum relative humidity was recorded at 83% and the minimum was 63%. The maximum temperature was 31.4 degrees Celsius, which was two notches below normal. However, at 26.6 degrees Celsius, the minimum temperature was six degress above normal.

The Chandigarh Meteoro-logical Centre, in its forecast bulletin, has predicted more rain in coming days. The weather will remain generally cloudy and the maximum temperature is likely to come down to 32 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature will settle at 26 degrees Celsius.

Overall, the city has received 532 mm rain this season so far, which is 274 mm less that the normal rain expected by the last week of September.

Water enters houses in Mohali

SAS Nagar: The residents of some areas of SAS Nagar were worst affected as water entered into their houses. Desperate calls to fire brigade as well as MC were made by the residents. The worst affected areas were Phase s1, 4, 5, 6 and Sohana.

Deputy commissioner TPS Sidhu himself visited Phase 4 to take stock of the situation.

“Water entered the houses in Phase 4. The worst affected are the quarters line in front of the temple and in houses from 1708 to 1723. This is a low-lying area and we face this problem every time when there is heavy rain,” rued Arun Sharma, councillor of the area, who said repeated requests to upgrade the drainage system had gone in vain.

“The officials are providing all necessary assistance,” said MC commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta.

As the streets were inundated, residents made frantic calls to the fire office. “We are getting calls every 5 minutes from residents seeking help in draining out water from their houses. Many people called after their vehicles developed snags,” said a fire official. Two vehicles were pressed into service to pump out water from waterlogged areas.

Various roads remained waterlogged for hours. Among the most-affected areas were Industrial Area’s Phases 4 and 5, Mohali village, Kumbara Village, Balongi, Sohana and Phases 3B1, 8 and 11.

Traffic was seen moving at a snail’s pace due to poor visibility. Many were seen struggling with their two- and four-wheelers as these got stuck in waterlogged stretches.

First Published: Sep 23, 2015 12:27 IST