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Rains put the city to an near halt. Thursday, August 9, 2001
It was as if the floodgates had burst open on Wednesday afternoon. The incessant heavy showers threw normal life out of gear traffic came to a standstill on most streets following severe water logging. There promises to be more: the Meteorological Department has said there will be 50-mm rain by Thursday morning.
In just about three hours between 4. 30 p.m. and 7. 30 p.m. more than four inches of rain was recorded in western and southern parts of the city, with all railway underpasses getting waterlogged. Most roads were submerged and traffic came to a screeching halt.
The afternoon spell was one of the best this season and brought back vivid memories of last year’s deluge. Chaos reigned supreme on almost all the roads. Not to mention the usual clogging up of drains. Vehicles broke down in the middle of the road, horns blared non-stop and there was an absolute din.
Worst affected were the traffic policemen whom motorists and two-wheeler owners refused to listen to. Drenched in the rain, they tried their level best to bring some orders among the commuters. There were long traffic jams at Vastrapur, Vijay Charrasta, Panchvati, C N Crossroads, not to mention in the small bylanes where people turned to to avoid the rush.
The rain gauge installed at Tagore Hall Control Room recorded 89.5 mm rainfall from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The West Zone of the city received 26.5 mm, East Zone three mm, North Zone six mm, South Zone 73 mm and Central Zone 49.5mm rainfall.
Even as the rain continued, Standing Committee members in the AMC raised a ruckus over the inability of the administrative wing to check waterlogging. Madhuben Patel, municipal councilor from Nikol Road, was in tears as she narrated the plight of residents of eastern areas following the downpour.
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