Chandigarh Waterlogging (Balish Ahuja/BCCL Chandigarh)

On Wednesday, July 6, residents of Chandigarh woke up to intense downpours, as the city witnessed its heaviest rainfall of the day between 6 am and 8.30 am in the morning. What followed was a 24-hour precipitation worth 97 mm, effectively making it the wettest July day Chandigarh has experienced in the last five years, as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The heavy showers washed away a few houses with poor infrastructure, while the resultant waterlogging exposed the civic bodies that claimed to have cleaned all drains before the arrival of the monsoon.

The underpass and the flyover at Zirakpur experienced jam-packed traffic with vehicles lined up for up to 3 km. “I was coming back from Ambala and reached Zirakpur flyover in 25 minutes, but it took me another 100 minutes to cross the flyover to reach the Chandigarh border. The flyover was choked,” Kanwarbir Singh, a Chandigarh resident, told the Times of India.

The flyover at Patiala crossing faced a similar situation, where vehicles were stuck in the traffic for hours. “We never saw 3ft high water on the road opposite our shop, which was flooded,” Gurbax Singh, owner of a shop at the Patiala crossing, told TOI. A car was seen submerged underwater near Nayagaon, Patiala. While the damaged car was recovered, the driver and the passenger are still reportedly missing.

Some areas also witnessed major power outages, which lasted for around 12 hours.

“The monsoon trough has shifted southwards, bringing strong easterly winds and heavy rainfall. The main weather system is concentrated in Himachal Pradesh, and due to Chandigarh’s unique position in the foothills of the Himalayas, it too received heavy rain. As per the IMD, 64.5 mm to 115.5 mm rain in a day is classified as heavy,” explained IMD Chandigarh director Manmohan Singh.

From here on, heavy showers are likely to continue lashing the union territory till July 9. Accordingly, the IMD has declared an orange alert (‘be prepared’ for rough conditions) over Chandigarh for July 7 and 8.

The residents have also been advised against venturing into waterlogged areas and taking shelter under trees during thunderstorms. Farmers have been informed not to keep harvested crops in the open or spray fertiliser or pesticides for the next few days.

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