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53.4 mm rainfall leads to waterlogging

water woes: At the underpass in Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Friday. Sumit Malhotra Water woes: At the underpass in Sector 15, Chandigarh, on Friday. (Source: IE photo by Sumit Malhotra)
Express News Service | Chandigarh | Posted: July 19, 2014 3:43 am

After a wait of several days, the sky really opened up on Friday morning, showering good rain and cooling the city.

The rainfall was 53.4 mm, as against only 6.1 mm on Thursday. The maximum temperature dropped to 29.5 degree Celsius, which is five degrees below normal.

The Meteorological Department has predicted partly cloudy sky, with slight possibility of rain on Saturday.

“Next 46 hours will mostly be dry, with slight possibility of rainfall. Cloud formation will occur at some areas. However, heavy rainfall like today is not predicted in the near future,” said Surender Paul, director of the Meteorological Department.

He added, “There is a possibility of good amount of rainfall on July 23-24. Further, end of July and the first week of August will witness heavy rainfall.”

The rain led to waterlogging at the light point of sectors 16 and 17, and some low-lying areas. At Daddumajra, the roof of a bus-stop collapsed. However, no one was injured.

In neighbouring Panchkula, many roads were waterlogged, the worst affected being those in sectors 19, 20 and Industrial Area Phase-I and II. The water level in the Ghaggar river rose.

Kamlesh Lohat, a resident of Sector 19, said, “The potholes on roads here were filled with water, making driving risky. The drainage system failed completely.’’ V K Sharma, a resident of Sector 10, said, “There is a major issue of waterlogging here. All the roads are blocked. A little downpour is all it takes to expose the tall claims made by the administration.”

However, S K Verma, Superintending Engineer of HUDA, said, “I took a round of sectors 20 and 21. There was a slight problem of waterlogging in Sector 20, but the situation was under control in Sector 21.’’

On the poor condition of roads and the sewerage system in the city, Deputy Commissioner S S Dhulia said, “We have prepared
the required estimates and the repair work will be starting soon.”

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