Heavy rains batter Bhopal, roads turn into rivulets

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Jul 2018 11:36:20



Staff Reporter

HEAVY rains battered Bhopal on Thursday morning. Roads in low-lying areas in no time turned into rivulets leading to traffic chaos. Rains lashed the sity since early morning and continued till 11 am. Many other parts of State also received rainfall. With this, monsoon has once again become active in Madhya Pradesh. People in Bhopal woke up to a drizzling morning. Light to moderate rainfall lashed the city bringing huge respite and smiles on faces of people. Water was flowing on lanes of colonies and same was the situation of low-lying roads of the city.

Till evening, Bhopal recorded 79.2 mm rainfall, while outskirts Bairagarh recorded 41.4 mm rainfall. Due to incessant rains, nullahs and drains were overflowing. In some areas, dirty water of drains reached people’s doorsteps. Roads of Loha Bazar, Shahpura Road, Chola area, some parts of Nishatpura, Gautam Nagar, Sindhi Colony road, Aishbagh area were inundated and there was knee-deep water. Two-wheeler riders had a torrid time commuting on water-logged roads and reach their destinations. BMC officials swung into action and took stock of water-logged areas. At around 11 am it stopped raining and water level in water-logged areas started receding. Thursday’s rains were this season’s heaviest rainfall witnessed in the State capital so far. Had it rained for some more time then the situation could have been critical. First major rainfall of the season also exposed BMC’s preparedness as the roads in many parts were covered with filth and dirt of nullahs. Many low-lying areas were water-logged and people faced many problems.

In last 24 hours, rains lashed sporadic places including Sehore (11 cm), Ujjain and Astha (5 cm each) and Bainsdehi, Silwani, Jhabua, Sonkuch, Nainpur, Mandla (4 cm each) respectively. Weather Department issued warning of heavy rains in isolated parts of Sagar, Damoh, Vidisha, Raisen, Narsinghpur, Jabalpur, Chindwara, Sehore, Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Ujjain and Seoni districts.
Rains with lightning activities is also likely in several parts of Jabalpur, Bhopal divisions anddistricts including Sagar, Chhatarpur, Damoh districts. Some places of Indore, Shahdol, Hoshangabad, Ujjain divisions are also likely to witness rains. Likewise, rains are likely in few places of Gwalior, Chambal, Rewa divisions and Tikamgarh and Panna districts. Weather conditions will remain the same till July 8. According to weather forecast, in Bhopal one or two heavy rainfall is expected in next 24 hours. As rainfall activities have revived hence humidity and heat have got subsided. Owing to intermittent rainfall in Bhopal, Sehore, Ujjain districts, local rivers were in spate.