Nagpur: Heavy showers pounding the city since Saturday night threw normal life out of gear, bringing train service to halt and waterlogging several parts of the city, particularly the low lying areas. Thousands of commuters from the city working in private organisations and bound for their work places were caught unawares as railways announced suspension of services. Buses and autorickshaws too were not available on time.
The NMC has advised Nagpurians to stay indoors and step out of their homes only in case of emergency. Also, the NMC cautioned people against going to lakes.
Meanwhile, heavy waterlogging and flooding has been reported from various locations across the city including Futala, Sadar, Gittikhadan, Friends Colony, Lohapul, Mhalgi Nagar, Sitabuldi, Medical Square and other areas, hampering movement of vehicular traffic and disrupting normal life.
The met department has warned of heavy rainfall accompanied by strong winds touching around 60 knots and thunderstorm in Nagpur and other parts of Vidarbha over the next week, The rainfall in the region was so heavy that it reduced visibility to a few meters even during the afternoon. Several low-lying areas were inundated on Sunday when it rained almost incessantly.
The met department has forecast that rains, accompanied by thunderstorm, are going to be experienced throughout Vidarbha this week. Temperatures are expected to come down drastically in the next few days, hovering in the range of 35 degree and 25 degree Celsius.
Nagpur has received a total of 153.3 mm rainfall so far since June 1. This makes up 86 per cent of the average monthly rainfall for June which is 165.9 mm. The civic body has advised people not to send their children to schools in view of the heavy rains expected to lash the city over the next 24 hours. Over 56 pumps have been pressed into service to flush out excess water from waterlogged areas and places of the city.