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Mighty fall: An uprooted tree being removed from Andhra Loyola College ground in Vijayawada on Sunday. —
Mighty fall: An uprooted tree being removed from Andhra Loyola College ground in Vijayawada on Sunday. —

Staff Reporter

Power utilities, municipal corporation worst sufferers

VIJAYAWADA: The high-velocity winds that were followed by a good spell of rain on Saturday night caused devastation in and around the city. Hoardings fell down and motor accidents were caused, resulting in people getting hospitalised.

A day after the devastation, many agencies and institutions, including those of the government, found that they would have to double their efforts to bring back normal life.

Huge task

The power utilities and the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) were worst suffers in the city. Private institutions like ad agencies too incurred immense losses as hoardings and bill boards were blown down.

It would take at least two more days for the corporation to clear the choked side drains, fallen trees and branches.

The condition of roads worsened, as more potholes emerged. The side drains appeared to have got choked as the run off water carried away the waste dumped along the road. The corporation would have to utilise the services of another 1,500 workers to remove the debris and clear the roads, officials said on Sunday.

Similarly, power utilities like the Transco and the Discom suffer both revenue and physical losses. Due to snapping of wires and uprooting of electricity poles, many areas plunged into darkness. The uprooted and bent poles were physical loss, while the time during which power supply was snapped was a revenue loss.

In addition, the department had to press additional manpower to restore normalcy. The officials said they would have to double the manpower to put things back on track, and the loss would be in lakhs.

This apart, thundershowers aggravate outbreak of water-borne diseases like diarrhoea and cholera. More so, potholes and choked drains become a haven for mosquito breeding.

Two injured

Mosquitoes swarm in large numbers even if there is a gap of one week between two heavy rains, as the breeding period is just a week.

D. Parthasarthy, 75, of Siddhartha Nagar was hospitalised when the roof of a house fell on him.

A hoarding of a shopping mall fell on an auto-rickshaw driver, injuring him severely in Autonagar.

However, no loss of human life was reported so far.


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