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At 87mm, this year’s highest rain in Chandigarh tricity leaves Zirakpur flooded

Heavy rain can be expected in the tricity Monday onwards, and till then conditions for light to moderate rain will remain.

punjab Updated: Aug 18, 2018 11:00 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Vehicles moving at a snail’s pace on the inundated Chandigarh-Ambala road under the Zirakpur flyover after heavy rain on Friday.(HT photo)

With 87mm rain recorded between 8:30am and 5:30pm at the Chandigarh airport observatory, normal life was disrupted in eastern fringes of the tricity, including Zirakpur, Dhakoli and parts of Panchkula, on Friday.

This was the highest rainfall in the tricity this year, surpassing 69.6mm rain recorded on August 13.

It also came close to 121mm rain that had left the tricity submerged on August 21 last year.

With 61mm rain during these nine hours, Panchkula was the second most affected. Meanwhile, the Indian meteorological department (IMD)’s Sector-39 observatory recorded only 24.1mm rain.

In fact, Chandigarh and its periphery bore the maximum brunt of the heavy rain warning issued by the IMD for Punjab and Haryana.

More rain to follow

According to the weatherman, more heavy rain can be expected in the tricity Monday onwards, and till then conditions for light to moderate rain will remain.

Temperature also took a dip following the showers. The maximum temperature was recorded at 31.3°C, down from Thursday’s 35.5°C. According to IMD officials, the maximum temperature is expected to stay on the lower side — between 32°C and 33°C — for the next three days. Meanwhile, the minimum will oscillate between 25°C and 26°C.

Even as the day remained largely eventless in Chandigarh, with a stray case of uprooting of tree reported in Sector 40, waterlogging hit Zirakpur, Dhakoli and parts of Panchkula touching these areas.

Water even entered houses in Zirakpur’s Badal Colony near Baltana, leading to a protest by residents. The colony has been experiencing frequent waterlogging since 2003, when a road was built over a drain there.

Meanwhile, traffic moved at a snail’s pace on the Chandigarh-Zirakpur road, which remained inundated. Policemen could be seen making a futile effort of directing the traffic barefoot at the Patiala chowk in Zirakpur.

First Published: Aug 18, 2018 11:00 IST