Rain wreaks havoc in pilgrim city

Rain wreaks havoc in pilgrim city
Highlights

Heavy rain lashed pilgrim city for the second consecutive day. The rain started on Tuesday afternoon as a bristle and turned into a torrential rain for over an hour with heavy winds. All the roads were flooded with rainwater. TTD Choultries near DR Mahal were completely inundated and the pilgrims found it impossible to enter the area.

Tirupati: Heavy rain lashed pilgrim city for the second consecutive day. The rain started on Tuesday afternoon as a bristle and turned into a torrential rain for over an hour with heavy winds. All the roads were flooded with rainwater. TTD Choultries near DR Mahal were completely inundated and the pilgrims found it impossible to enter the area.

Highlights:

  • Pedestrians, commuters faced difficulties with overflowing of drains and roads flooding
  • Several colonies in low lying areas inundated
  • Trees uprooted causing inconvenience to vehicular traffic
  • Power supply disrupted from 3 pm to 7 pm

The under bridge near choultries was in deep water since Monday night and traffic was not allowed in that way. Tuesday’s rains further aggravated the situation. Rainwater entered into various low lying areas, TTD’s Srinivasa Kalyana mandapams on the Tiruchanur Road and APSRTC central bus station premises.

Several hoardings were collapsed. With drains overflowing all important roads were filled with knee deep water and traffic came to a standstill particularly in junctions. Several trees were uprooted and fell on the roads. Due to heavy winds, electric wires snapped on many streets causing disruption to power supply in the city. The power which was disrupted around 3 pm was not restored in various parts till 7 pm.

On Monday night also, the city experienced heavy downpour and power supply was disrupted for more than an hour. More than 20 mandals in Chittoor district also experiencing rains since three days bringing the much needed respite from scorching heat tormenting people for the last one month. On June 6, Tirupati urban recorded highest rainfall of 60.2 mm in the district, while Yerpedu received 35.2 mm, followed by Chandragiri 33.4 mm, Chittoor 23 mm and both Ramachandra Puram and Tirupati Rural mandals recorded 10.4 mm each.

According to official sources, several mandals received moderate rains on June 3. In June, the actual rainfall in the first six days itself was 12 mm in the district as against the normal rainfall of 78.7 mm. In June 2016, the district recorded 60.8 mm rainfall against the normal rainfall of 93.4 mm.

The temperature till the afternoon was cloudy and cool in the city giving much relief to the residents, who experienced blistering heat this summer. Though there was no rain in Tirumala and Srikalahasti, the temperature was pleasant and cloudy.

The two waterfalls Kapila Theertham and Malavanigundam came to life and flowing in full spate due to heavy rains on Tirumala hills. People flocked Kapila Theertham to have a glimpse of the beauty of cascading water.

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