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Flooding, power cuts after Nagpur rains

Wednesday, 19 July 2006 - 12:47am IST

Met dept predicts more rains in the next 24 hours

Met dept predicts more rains in the next 24 hours


NAGPUR: Regional Meteorological Office here said Nagpur received a rainfall of 155 mm in three hours by Monday evening, next only to the 304 mm rains on July 14, 1994, and amounted to 70 per cent of the average July rainfall.


“There is a possibility of strong rains over the next 24 hours in isolated places,” Met sources said. While the intensity of rains had depleted by Tuesday evening, a thick dark cloud cover still reigned over the Nagpur skies, even as several localities were put on a high alert.


People residing in 70 low-lying localities were in panic, after water gushed into their homes and offices following the rains, sending the fire brigade and civic administration into a tizzy. Fire brigade officials said that there was no loss of life anywhere.


“The civic administration was not prepared for monsoon this year,” angry residents of Trimurti Nagar, among the worst hit by the rains, said. For most of the night, power supply was disrupted in western and central Nagpur localities. It was only restored in a few areas by Tuesday afternoon.


In the bustling Sitabuldi area, parked cars and bikes were submerged and residents complained of choked drains. Aviation sources said that rains had forced the rescheduling of many flights on the Nagpur-Mumbai sector. Compounding the problems of the civic body is the outbreak of Chikun Gunya disease in east-Nagpur slums. The met office has warned of heavy rains over isolated places in the next 24 hours.

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