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Hour-long shower causes flash flood in city
City Correspondent

Two nuns cross a road amid heavy downpour, in Guwahati on Monday. – UB Photos
 GUWAHATI, Sept 7 - An hour-long shower has caused waterlogging in several areas of Guwahati on Monday. Commuters faced a tough time due to the waterlogging. The traffic came to a standstill at several places due to the flash flood causing inconveniences to the pedestrians and motorists rushing to their respective destinations. People were seen carrying umbrellas and raincoats to cover themselves from the rain. Places like Anil Nagar, Nabin Nagar, Beltola, Hatigaon, Saukuchi and among others are the worse affected by the waterlogging.

 A motorist in the Hatigaon-Bhetapara road said that the road in front of the Hatigaon High School was flooded with water even in a 10 minutes shower these days.

“The commuters here are the worst affected this year due to continuous waterlogging in front of the school. My car had developed technical issues after driving through the flooded road last time,” he added.

“Due to non-clearance of the roadside drains caused floods in the Hatigaon-Bhetapara road every year. The drainage system has also collapsed and it needs urgent repairing. The condition of the bylane drains of the Hatigaon area is also in a poor state. These drains have not been cleared from many years,” a shop owner near Hatigaon High School said.

The city on Monday recorded a maximum temperature of 32 degrees Celsius.

“It took me around two-and-a-half-hour to reach home in Ganeshguri from Betkuchi, which usually takes nearly 40 minutes in the afternoon. There is a huge traffic jam in the Khanapara area,” a commuter Manoj Haloi said.

“I drove through the bylanes of Lakhiminagar to avoid the traffic but the bylanes were also flooded with water. The conditions of the drains are miserable. The city is witnessing flash flood every year due to the poor mechanism of the interior drains. The concerned authority should take immediate measures to solve the problem,” he added.

A Regional Meteorological Centre official said, “The city will witness one or two spells of rain or thundershowers tomorrow as well.”

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