Such has been the impact that even a landslide was reported from Chandrapur – Panikhaiti primary helathcaere centre – where a guard wall collapsed on Saturday. However, no casualty had been reported.
Since Friday 8:30 am, Guwahati has received 22 mm rainfall, while the city continued to experience heavy showers on Saturday afternoon. Nalapara, Hatigaon, Games Village, Chandmari and other places continued to experience inconvenience, especially in terms of emergency services, as floodwater did not recede even in the evening.
While residents are enduring a torrid time due to the waterlogging, commuters have been stuck amidst knee-high water in several parts of the city.
Flood waters have also entered many houses and residential campuses of the city near Nehru Park, especially in the Fancy Bazaar area. Providing little relief, the IMD has predicted heavy showers in Guwahati and other adjoining areas in the upcoming days.
A resident of Games Village, Nilutpal Timsina said that ten minutes of heavy rain was sufficient to flood the gates of the Games Village as the drain outside the campus was mostly filled with plastics and vegetable wastages.
“The water further comes down from the hill area behind our campus. The clogging of the drain with plastics is a real issue and the concerned authorities do not look into it. We have emergency service workers on the campus and situations like artificial flooding at the gate, not allowing them to go out, will impact their involvement in health crisis times like this,” he said.
Experts said that Guwahati was one of the dirtiest cities as there was no serious urban planning. Due to lack of natural water canal and reservoirs, which are now buried, certain roads and streets are turning into water channels.
“The city needs to be rebuilt again with modern scientific approach,” Pranjit Das said. “There are 39 areas inside the city which are vulnerable to waterlogging.”