Trees fall, roads collapse as rain records tumble in Chandigarh: News Kidda

Tribune News Service

Sandeep Rana

Chandigarh, September 25

Record September 24 hours of rain in 12 years wreaked havoc in the city, causing road collapses, uprooting as many as 37 trees and impacting power supplies in several areas.

Tree uprooted on road separating sectors 37-38.

The overnight rain forced the UT administration to open a sluice gate of Lake Sukhna for the fourth time this monsoon season.

The gate was opened as a precaution at 4:30 p.m. after the water level reached the danger level of 1,163 feet.

Collapses were reported on several roads in sectors 33, 45 and near Lake Sukhna. A section between a bike path and the main road collapsed at Sector 45, while a similar collapse was observed across the road in Sector 33, around a bike docking station. Part of the jogging track in Sukhna Lake also collapsed.

The Sukhna sluice gate has been opened for the fourth time this season.

Numerous trees were uprooted, including one in Sector 23, where a car parked in front of a house was damaged. Another tree fell on the road between sectors 37 and 38, causing a traffic jam for some time.

Several parts of the city witnessed flooding, causing inconvenience to commuters. Many got stuck in traffic. Minor accidents due to congested roads were also reported.

A collapse on the road separating sectors 45-33.

Power was cut in several parts of the city in the morning and could not be restored until midday. The southern sectors were the hardest hit, with five to six hours of outage.

The city witnessed 120.6mm of rain in 24 hours, the highest recorded in September since 2011. The Chandigarh Meteorological Service is keeping records since 2011. The city has had 215.9mm of rain so far in September, a record for the month since 2018.

The UT also witnessed one of the coldest days of the season, with a high of 25.9°C, seven degrees below normal. While the night temperature in the city was 22.4°C, which is two degrees above normal.

An employee of the MC’s Horticulture Department removes a fallen tree from a road in Sector 36, Chandigarh on Sunday. Pradeep Tewaric

37 trees uprooted in UT

Trees fall into sectors 5, 4, 7, 8, 11, 14, 16, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 28, 31, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40, 42, 49, 51, Mani Majra and industrial area.

Weather forecast

Monday: Partly cloudy sky with light rain

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday: Half-cloudy

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