Incessant rains inundate low-lying areas, clogged sewers bring misery in city

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
6 Jun 2017

Rainwater entered many houses and commercial establishments in low-lying areas of the city after heavy rains that lashed for several hours on Monday throwing normal life out of gear. The city wore a battered look after the intense cloudburst which swamped streets, swelled sewers and brought traffic to a standstill in areas like School Line, Mohanpura, Prothrapur, Haddo etc. The Municipal workforce remained on the job round the clock to clear clogged drains, while the District Administration deployed teams to monitor the situation in affected areas. 
“More than respite, monsoon brings misery for the residents of the city. Overflowing nallahs, inundated roads continue to irk people after the onset of the rainy season. Efforts of the sanitary workers to keep sewage drains free of clog have failed to prevent water inundation due to construction of cover slabs. Drainage networks are covered using concrete slabs and later used as parking spaces. This practice has emerged as the major reason for rain water flooding in low lying areas of the city. Areas like Mohanpura, School Line get overwhelmed with sewage water and motorists as well as pedestrians have to
negotiate the inundated stretches. Rainwater gushes into houses and shops located in low-lying areas causing losses to people. Fear of electrocution, spread of vector borne diseases due to flooding are among other issues demanding the attention of the authorities since long,” said some residents of Aberdeen Bazar.
Speaking to EOI, the Deputy Commissioner of South Andaman, Mr Udit Prakash Rai, informed that a survey of all affected areas was conducted on Tuesday after rains subsided. “Tree crashing incidents, landslides, damage to water supply pipelines have been reported from some areas in South Andaman and the district administration is taking all possible steps to restore normalcy in the region. Rainwater entered into some houses in low-lying areas causing loss to property. After an overall survey, the district administration will work out relief measures for the affected population,” said Mr Rai.