Medico killed in wall collapse

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Curious onlookers at the accident site at Nagarampalem in Guntur on Friday.
Curious onlookers at the accident site at Nagarampalem in Guntur on Friday.

Staff Reporter

Heavy rain lashes Guntur, City plunges into darkness for four hours

Residents stage rasta roko in Nagarampalem

Water stagnation continues on the main roads

GUNTUR: A house-surgeon of Guntur Medical College Tupakula Sampath Kumar was killed when the wall of a function plaza collapsed at Nagarampalem on Friday evening.

Four schoolchildren returning home had a providential escape. A native of Narsaraopet, Sampath Kumar was talking over phone to his parents and was returning home in heavy rain and gale when a part of the 15-feet high wall suddenly collapsed behind him.

The four children walking in front of him ran as fast as they could and escaped. However, Sampath Kumar was unlucky and got crushed under the debris.

An ambulance of the ‘108 service’ shifted the medico to Guntur General Hospital. Sampath Kumar was planning to go for further studies to the United States in November.

The first major rain of monsoon was marked by strong gales that led to uprooting of several trees and wall collapses.

Overcast sky with dark clouds had been threatening for the past several days, but day time temperatures were continuously rising in July. On Friday evening the strong winds blew from West to East leading to heavy rain inundating half of the city roads. Traffic got held up at several places and people did not venture out for nearly two hours from 5 p.m.

On the Hindu College - Collectorate Road residents of the area staged a rasta roko and did not allow vehicles on that stretch protesting against the official inaction in removing the debris and remaining portion of the wall precariously standing there threatening to fall on houses adjacent to it.

Power supply was disrupted and could not be restored even late in the night as more than 40 trees got uprooted at several places in the city and fell on 11 kv power lines. SPDCL SE K. Bapaiah said that an earthmoving machine was being engaged to clear the trees and erect the poles to restore power supply as soon as possible. The worst affected was Nagarampalem and part of Brodipet.

Despite the ‘Zero Mosquito Tolerance’ drive taken up by the Guntur Municipal Corporation to clear the drains water stagnation on the busy main roads continued to be there, but with rain stopping at 7.30 p.m., city was limping back to normalcy.

Traffic snarls

VIJAYAWADA: Heavy rain and gusty winds lashed the city on Friday. The heavy rain resulted in traffic snarls and several low-lying areas were flooded with rain water.

It was a relatively sunny day till the afternoon. The sky became overcast towards evening, making people hurry to their homes. The skies opened at around 4.30 p.m. and it rained for more than four hours without a break. A number of low-lying areas in the city were flooded. On several roads traffic moved at a snail’s pace due to water logging.

There were traffic snarls on all major roads like Bandar road, Eluru road and Besant road. Knee-deep water was witnessed at many places, including Moghalrajpuram, Tickle road, Polytechnic road, 100ft road in Autonagar and other areas. Residents of Vambay Colony and New Rajarajeswari Colony faced hardship with water entering their houses. Low-lying areas faced the problem of inundation and several roads were blanketed with water giving a tough time to general public. Stretches at Pinnamaneni Poly Clinic Road, PWD Grounds, Irrigation Office, Chuttugunta and other areas were also inundated.

But the silver lining was that the rains brought relief among the people who had been complaining of sultry weather for the past few days.



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