Incessant rains flood roads, interior Srinagar areas

Incessant rains flood roads, interior Srinagar areas
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Srinagar, Aug 7: Normal life in the Valley especially in the summer capital comes to standstill as the overnight rains that lashed Valley since Monday evening inundated the main roads, lanes and by lanes here, thus causing inconvenience to the commuters as well as the pedestrians.
Following the scorching heat in the Valley, the heavy rains started on Monday evening at around 10:00 pm and continued till Tuesday afternoon, leaving most parts of Srinagar submerged.
The inundation of roads also resulted in the traffic mess in Lal Chowk and others areas including Jawahar Nagar, Magarmal Bagh, Batamaloo.
The commuters had to tremendous hardships to reach their destinations with some among them claiming that they remained stuck for hours in the gridlock to reach their respective destinations.
However, the locals in Srinagar especially in Old City said that their areas resemble flood like situation here as the whole area was submerged due to the incessant rains.
The locals from several areas including Safa Kadal, Noor Bagh, Habba Kadal, Baba Demb, Samandar Bagh, Namchibal and others said that the concerned officials have failed to steps to avoid such kind of situations in their locality, saying that whenever it rains, the area got submerged, thus leaving the residents to lurch at large.
The rain has however brought a bit relief to people after they faced a week of hot weather.
Director Meteorological (MeT) department, Sonam Lotus said that the rainfall was expected in the valley.
Lotus said that the light intermittent rainfall is expected for next few days as well.
Meanwhile, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) in its official statement said that they have put its men and machinery on task to dewater the water logged areas.
“All the dewatering stations including mobile pumps have been kept operational,” the statement said, adding that the dewatering exercise was personally being monitored by Commissioner SMC Riyaz Ahmed Wani, which was carried out in inundated areas including Hari Singh High Street, Lal Chowk, Batamaloo, Jehangir Chowk, Rajbagh and others. (KNS)