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Caught unawares: Traffic moving at a snail’s pace due to water-logging following heavy rain on the 100-ft road in Autonagar in Vijayawada on Thursday. —
Caught unawares: Traffic moving at a snail’s pace due to water-logging following heavy rain on the 100-ft road in Autonagar in Vijayawada on Thursday. —

Staff Reporter

Traffic goes haywire following water-logging in several areas

VIJAYAWADA: The situation in One Town turned worse once again on Thursday, exactly a fortnight after it was heavily flooded, when heavy rain lashed the city.

The rain that began in the evening compounded the woes of One Town people as it led to clogging of drains and water entering the houses, thus bringing back the horrific memories that the people had lived with for three days last month.

A thick sheet of rainwater was seen on many roads and localities in other parts of the city as well. Traffic went haywire following heavy water-logging in areas like Pinnamaneni Polyclinic Road, Jammichettu Centre, Siddhartha Circle and other areas of Moghalrajapuram, besides Bhanunagar, Kabela and several localities of the old city.

Heavy showers started around 7.30 p.m. and within an hour there was disorder on the streets with reports of water- logging on several arterial roads and chocked drains. In the morning, it was so bright and people did not expect the weather to change suddenly.

Water stagnated knee-deep on some roads like Ganapati Rao Road and BRP Road. The situation was particularly miserable in low-lying areas, where rainwater rose up to the knee level. The mix of sewage and rainwater entered many houses, shops and places of worship.

People returning home had a harrowing time as traffic moved at a snail’s pace. Roads were chocked, many vehicles broke down creating further chaos and most streets were water-logged. Traffic lights and street lights went off in many areas, adding to the woes of the vehicle users.


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