Life was thrown out of gear as heavy rains lashed Chandigarh and adjoining Mohali and Panchkula areas. In shocking scenes, people took to social media and posted videos of cars floating on the roads. News agency Press Trust of India reports that major roads were submerged after about three hours of rains in the morning, leading to massive traffic jams in several areas. Union Territory Chandigarh, the capital city to states of Haryana and Punjab, recorded 115 mm rainfall between 8:30 am till 2:30 pm, a Met department official said. With office goers worst hit, traffic snarls were a common sight on important arteries in Chandigarh, Mohali Dera Bassi and Zirakpur areas.
The Indian Express reports that city traffic police authorities preferred to shut all traffic lights at important junctions and regulate the traffic manually. In Chandigarh, water entered in the residential buildings in government quarters in Sector 33, Sector 40, Sector 46 and even in the quarters of staff members of Punjab Engineering College (PEC).
Watch | Heavy Rainfall Causes Flood In Mohali, Chandigarh
In Panchkula, residents of Sector 19, who live near a Railway crossing, from where a drainage was passing, faced major problems as water entered their houses PTI reports that several cars, stuck on flooded thoroughfares, especially the 200-feet airport road in Mohali, got technical snags, leaving commuters stranded.
Watch | Water-logging in Chandigarh after three hours of rain makes cars float
Several two-wheelers were seen trying make their way through knee-deep water that had accumulated on roads from clogged drainage systems. The heavy water-logging also exposed claims of civic authorities on preparations to deal with the issue. Even the alternate routes choked with heavy rainwater and jam-packed resulting in big problems for the commuters.