Rain turns roads into rivulets

Clogged storm water drains trigger flash flood in Shidlaghatta town

Heavy rains lashed the town resulting in flooding of roads and throwing traffic out of gear at Shidlaghatta, in Chikkabballapur district. DH Photo

Heavy rains lashed the town resulting in flooding of roads and throwing traffic out of gear at Shidlaghatta, in Chikkabballapur district. DH PhotoThe skies opened up in the evening, as the much awaited rains finally came lashing down, turning the roads into river in  Shidlaghatta town.

In the light of the failure of monsoon rain, though the farmers were not all that excited, they still welcomed it with smiles. It rained more than expected turning the roads and drains into rivulets and people could be seen enjoying the heavy downpour.

With it came all the muck and dirt collected in the drainages resulting in dirty smell spreading all round forcing people to hold their noses.

As many development works have been going on, since the last two years in the town, there was no place for the rainwater to flow. Due to the negligence of the municipality, the water which was supposed to flow in the drains, instead, spilled on to the main roads, making it difficult for the people to cross them. Though the rains brought joy to the people of Shidlaghatta, at the same time, people were forced to curse the municipality officials for not making proper arrangements. 

Food supply hit

Meanwhile, in Kolar Gold Fields, heavy rain has brought life to a standstill.
Rainwater has gushed into the houses and huts in the low-lying areas in Urigampete, Fisherline, Ambedkar residential houses in the Masjid ward of the town and also several huts and houses in Gandhinagar colony are also inundated with rainwater.

The people had a hard time in clearing the rainwater. Foodgrains and other items in these houses have been spoilt. Furniture and other household items are floating. Life has come to a standstill for hundreds of people. Congress leaders and City Municipal Council member Vanitha distributed foodgrains, including rice and oil to the
people. Makeshift arrangements have been made in the City to host the people, who houses have been inundated with rainwater.

DH News Service

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