Only 60mm rainfall,and residents of Ludhiana were seen battling against waterlogged roads,power failure,problematic landline connections and uprooted trees throughout the day in various parts of the city on Tuesday.
The rain,which lasted a few hours from morning till late afternoon,led to a road cave-in at Karabara Chowk where a truck was partially drowned.
Low-lying areas and various parts of Old City like Chaura Bazaar,Damoria bridge and Jamalpur were inundated. A shocker came when patients were seen wading through water on wheelchairs in front of physiotherapy department at Christian Medical College and Hospital.
Hargobind Nagar,Akalgarh Market,New Green City and Janakpuri had knee-deep water and rickshaw-pullers had a tough time ferrying people through water,exposing the tall claims of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation.
Recently during their visit to the city,Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had claimed that the problem of sewerage,water disposal and clean drinking water in Ludhiana will be solved within coming six months.
Not only waterlogging and choking sewerage,but power failure also added to peoples woes as reportedly in areas such as Aggar Nagar,Halwara and Old City,power had been off since morning and was not back even after the rain ended.
Landline telephones were non-functional due to the damaged wires.
Monsoon normal in June,deficient in July
As per the data from Agromet Department of Punjab Agriculture University,the monsoon in Ludhiana was normal in June with 296 mm rainfall while it was deficient in July with only 111 mm rainfall. It rained 60mm till 2.30 pm on Tuesday, and in six days of August,it has already rained 107 mm. We consider 180mm rainfall in a month as normal. Light showers are expected on Wednesday, said Dr K K Gill,assistant,ago-meteorologist,PAU.