Pune: Waterlogged roads, traffic jams as heavy rains, thunderstorms lash city

Pune: Waterlogged roads, traffic jams as heavy rains, thunderstorms lash city

It comes a day after, Indian Meteorological Department predicted rains associated with thundery activity and lightning for the next three days in the Pune district.

Manasi Saraf JoshiUpdated: Thursday, April 13, 2023, 10:10 PM IST
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Pune: Waterlogged roads, traffic jams as heavy rains, thunderstorm lash city | FPJ

Halting life for over two hours, Pune city was lashed by the unseasonal rains on Friday. Severe thundering activity, gusty winds and lightning associated with rain brought life to a standstill. Several areas of the city plunged into darkness. The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) is working on a war footing to restore the lines.

The officer goers, college students and many others were stranded on the road as the rain caught them at the time they were returning home.

Water logging and severe traffic jams made travelling in the city difficult. The construction work going on in the city was severely disrupted due to heavy rain.

Pashan receives 46.0 mm rain

Pashan area recorded 46.0 mm of rain in just two hours while followed by Shivajinagar which received 24.4 mm of rain, NDA 14 mm, Dudulgaon 3.5 mm, Purandar 3.0 mm, Koregaon Park 1.5 mm and Lavale 1.0 mm. As many as seven trees fall in various parts of the city including Sangvi, Kothrud depot, Erandwane, and Kalmadi house, said the fire brigade department. A large iron rod fell near Kalmadi house but quick action by the fire brigade saved the further damage.

Powercuts troubled city

Cumulonimbus clouds were formed over the city which were at a height of 11 km. A Cumulonimbus cloud is a dense, towering vertical cloud,[1] typically forming from water vapour condensing in the lower troposphere that builds upward carried by powerful buoyant air currents.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted rain for the city for the next two days. After that, the rain activity will decrease but thundery activity and lightning will continue. The cloud cover too will be formed over the city towards the afternoon or evening till April 18.

Electricity lines were snapped at Rambaug colony, Vedvihar, Gokhale nagar, Pashan, Dhanori, Charholi, Santnagar, Bhavanipeth, Malwadi, and Mhalunge. The branch of a tree fell on an electricity line snapping 20 power-generating sets snapping the power of over 4,000 residents.

While many Punekars took to Twitter to raise issues like waterlogging and traffic snarls, the visuals of the rain wreaking havoc in the city went viral. These visuals show how the city's infrastructure crumbled as heavy rains lashed the city.

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