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Vehicles move at a snail’s pace on a waterlogged road near the grain market in Bathinda on Tuesday. Photo: Vijay Kumar

Rain leaves city in deep waters

178 mm rainfall on Tuesday | Shopkeeper electrocuted | Power supply hit17 Jul 2019 | 7:34 AM

BATHINDA: The city received 178 mm rain on Tuesday, breaking all records. It started raining at 3 am and continued till 12 pm. Moreover, a man was electrocuted in rainwater when he was locking his shop. The deceased has been identified as Vijay Kumar, a resident of Kamla Nehru Colony.

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Sukhmeet Bhasin

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, July 16

The city received 178 mm rain on Tuesday, breaking all records. It started raining at 3 am and continued till 12 pm. Moreover, a man was electrocuted in rainwater when he was locking his shop.

The deceased has been identified as Vijay Kumar, a resident of Kamla Nehru Colony.

According to the Met Department of the PAU regional centre, the city received highest rainfall in any particular day in the past 20 years since 2000. Earlier, in July 5, 2005, the city had received 106 mm rain.

Areas, including Power House road, Sirki Bazar, Bhatti road, Paras Ram Nagar, Mall road, Ajit Road, Aggarwal Colony, Basant Vihar, Civil Lines, Civil Station, Amrik Singh Road, Veer Colony, Shant Nagar and Dhobiana Road, remained submerged under 2-3 ft of water.

The power supply in the city was also disrupted. Since 3 am, the city faced a blackout as water entered power stations.

Residents in most of the areas remained affected as water entered their houses and damaged household items. Politicians and MC officials faced the public wrath over waterlogging.

Besides, the blocked sewerage has intensified the problem as it has created a hurdle in disposal of rainwater in many areas. Downpour has led to panic among city residents as water is still accumulated on city roads. The Met Department has predicted 70 mm rain on Wednesday.

With accumulation of dirty water in colonies and houses, residents are afraid of an outbreak of water-borne diseases.

Attendance in offices was reported thin because of rain and bad weather. Some of employees got stranded at their work places. A few were stuck at Ambedkar Bhawan on the Power House road. Later, NDRF personnel were called to rescue them. Thereafter, they were safely taken out.

On Tuesday, residents were trying to drain out rainwater from their houses with buckets. Some of them even placed sand bags at the entrance to restrict the rainwater from entering their houses.

Commuters also faced a tough time on city roads due to waterlogging.

Holiday in city schools today

  • Deputy Education Officer (Secondary) Baljit Kumar on Tuesday said the Deputy Commissioner announced a holiday in all government, aided and private schools in the city on Wednesday. He added that the decision has been taken due to waterlogging in streets.
  • The power supply in the city was also disrupted. Since 3 am, the city faced a blackout as water entered power stations. 
  • Besides, the blocked sewerage has intensified the problem as it has created a hurdle in disposal of rainwater in many areas. Downpour has led to panic among city residents as water is still accumulated on city roads. 
  • The Met Department has predicted 70 mm rain on Wednesday. 
Vehicular movement affected

Vehicular movement affected

17 Jul 2019 | 7:34 AM

BATHINDA: Movement of vehicles was affected due to rainfall in the city on Tuesday. Local buses were taken off roads. However, rail and air traffic remained unaffected.

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BATHINDA: Many city residents took to social media to express their anger and disappointment over waterlogging caused due to rainfall in the city.

100-ft breach in sullage carrier

100-ft breach in sullage carrier

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BATHINDA: A 100-feet breach has been reported in the sullage carrier, which carries waste and rainwater of the city, near Mehta village. Due to the breach, all motors pumping rainwater from the city roads developed a snag.

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17 Jul 2019 | 7:34 AM

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17 Jul 2019 | 7:38 AM

BATHINDA: A youth was shot dead in broad daylight in Bhagta area on Tuesday. According to information, Jagdeep Singh, a resident of Salebrah, along with his friend Raj Singh of Lehra Mohabbat, had gone to meet a leader for some work.

Drug addict’s family refuses to cremate body

16 Jul 2019 | 7:40 AM

BATHINDA: Family members of an addict, who had allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a running train three days ago, have refused to cremate his body. Later, a city-based NGO performed last rites it at a local crematorium.

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16 Jul 2019 | 7:40 AM

BATHINDA: An unidentified person has been booked for fraudulently withdrawing Rs 1.4 lakh from someone’s bank account in the SBI’s Milk Plant branch.

Three booked for abduction in Amritsar

16 Jul 2019 | 7:40 AM

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16 Jul 2019 | 7:40 AM

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16 Jul 2019 | 7:40 AM

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Reviving greenery is this ex-Army man’s mission

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Neglected by kin, elderly parents turn to begging for existence

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BFGI students excel in BCom exams

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Weather to remain pleasant for next three-four days: Met

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16 Jul 2019 | 7:40 AM

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Samples of slime collected

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16 Jul 2019 | 7:40 AM

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Crores spent, waterlogging still a concern for residents

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Bains highlights benefits of youth out-migration

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Arjun Nagar residents stage protest over sewage overflow

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15 Jul 2019 | 7:42 AM

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Move to install solar panels in Faridkot schools under attack

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Villagers block Bathinda road over sarpanch’s suspension

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