Indore: Heavy rain accompanied by gusty winds with speed of 100 km per hour lashed city on Monday evening disrupting normal life. City recorded 2.5 inches rainfall in just two hours. The downpour left many low-lying areas waterlogged and traffic jams on several roads. Several trees were uprooted in the gusty winds and power supply was disrupted for hours in most parts of the city.
Officials of meteorological department said that similar weather will be witnessed on Tuesday as well. “It was not the inception of monsoon and the conditions prevailed due to low pressure area generation at local level,” meteorological officials said.
The downpour also brought temperature to 39.4 degrees Celsius and the weather turned pleasant in the evening. The rain brought much needed relief from the hot and humid conditions and denizens also got a reason to throng hot snack centres across the city.
The meteorological department recorded 65.4 mm (2.5 inches) rainfall between 5.30 pm and 8.30 pm, on Monday.
Meanwhile, power supply was disrupted in many areas due to technical snags and felling of trees. Sensing emergency, Discom also snapped supply in some areas citing precautionary measures.
In low-lying areas, the residents spent the evening by draining out rainwater that entered their residences. People called up civic authorities for help but they could do little following heavy rains.
Electricity supply was hit in various areas including Rajendra Nagar, Vaishali Nagar, Sudama Nagar, Mhow Naka, Gumasta Nagar, Vishwakarma Nagar, Chandan Nagar, Sangam Nagar, Scheme 54, Mahalaxmi Nagar, Vijay Nagar, Narmada Colony, Vasant Vihar and almost all the areas in the city.
Long list of woes
It began with slight drizzling in some areas, but clouds opened up inundating all low-lying areas and roads of the city. In no time, scores of city roads were flooded with rainwater, thanks to choked drains. In some areas, the rainwater also entered houses and shops. It rained heavily with a few breaks. As the showers stopped at 7 pm, vehicle-riders, who took cover following rains, came on to roads in large number causing traffic jams in city roads. Water-logging on roads also compounded woes of the commuters further. However, the situation had hardly eased when another bout of rains lashed the city turning roads into virtual rivulets for few hours causing massive traffic jams once again.
Road renovation ill-timed
The troubles seemed to have doubled for most of the city’s commuters and drivers due to the roadside maintenance works and the construction works ongoing in many areas. Drivers faced an uphill task trying to wriggle out and avoid potholes and pits. Major areas which were affected due to construction of roads were Biyabani, Bada Ganpati, and Naliya Bakhal.