The monsoon mayhem over UP has taken a turn for the worse, lining up several districts, including capital Lucknow, for more rains. For the past 40 hours, the state's weather has been characterised by heavy to very heavy rainfalls, the turbulent weather is likely to extend more. As per the forecast, thunderstorms, lightning and gusty winds will accompany the rains in Bahraich, Lakhimpur Kheri, Sitapur, Kanpur Nagar, Unnao, Lucknow, Barabanki, Rae Bareli, Amethi, Sultanpur, Ayodhya, Ambedkar Nagar, Firozabad, Etawah, Aurraiya, Bareilly, Pilibhit and adjoining areas.
Rain-relief work to begin across the state
The ongoing monsoon spell over UP has hampered normal life completely. Besides the loss of property and crops, heavy rains have caused around 38 casualties so far, raising concerns all across. Several factors, such as house collapse, power outages, waterlogging and telecom disruptions and even electrocution added to the toll, creating multiple accidents and injuries in their wake.
The torrential rains also found their way to many hospitals, police stations and civic offices, waterlogging them. As such, senior officers have been directed to tour their areas and ensure proper execution of relief and repair work. As per CM orders, the officials also need to fix an amount for compensation for each area, based on the damage suffered there.
All schools, colleges closed in UP
The UP administration has given orders to shut down all schools, colleges and other educational institutes in the state on Friday and Sunday, in line with the MeT forecast.
However, UP Board Examinations which are set to commence from the September 18 will be held as per schedule. The rains will reportedly start to decline from September 17 only added reports. People can expect sparse and moderate showers in the next 48 hours.
Weather alert in Lucknow
Lucknow recorded up to 235 mm of rainfall in the past 36 hours. Even posh localities in the city, including Mall Venue and Raj Bhawan Colony, faced issues of waterlogging, read reports. Several cars and vehicles suffered damage due to roads that caved in and the water collected on the roads.
The speedy winds uprooted about 150 trees and 300 electric poles across the district. Rainwater also led to snags across three-score transformers that caused prolonged power disruptions in the city. Road, rail and air traffic were also affected due to waterlogged ways.
In light of this, the Police Commissionerate and district magistrate in Lucknow have issued an advisory, urging people not to move out of their houses unless absolutely essential. People have been asked to avoid electric poles or isolated trees and stay clear from roads with potholes.
- With inputs from IANS