Gorakhpur Submerged After 8 Hours Of Rain, Citizens Tweet Images Of Waterlogged Roads Demanding Action
On July 1, a heavy downpour in Gorakhpur brought respite from the heat, however, waterlogged streets, and power cuts disrupted daily life. The meteorological department had issued a warning about heavy rainfall three days ago. On Saturday, Gorakhpur received 35.8mm of rainfall.
Townhall, Golghar, Betiyahata, Dharmshala Bazar, Nokhas, Ghosampampani, Alinagar, Sumerasagar, Vijay Chowk, Bank Road, Uradabadar, Bamghar, Humayumpur, Durgabadi, Aryanagar Khunipur, Bakshipur, Ghasikatra, Engineering College Road, Railway Station were flooded, with water entering houses and shops. Many people kept their shops closed as well, reported ABP News.
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 27, 2018
Gorakhpur is Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath’s own constituency. After the first rain of the season, Yogi Adityanath had asked the municipality to start making preparations to prevent a situation, similar to yesterday, from happening. During his two-day visit, he asked Mayor Sitaram Jaiswal to take lessons from the first rain and take precautions. He also directed municipal officials to start working for the monsoon.
Earlier on June 27, citizens took to Twitter to express their displeasure over the condition of the streets. Many people were stuck in their houses. Pictures emerged of cars submerged in water. People complained about the poor drainage system of the city. A tweet showed two cars completely submerged in water near Padribazar police station.
An extremely sad situation in Gorakhpur, I have never seen some thing like this before. I don't know whether I should wish for more 'Rain' or not. After few hours of rain my house is in drainage water coz the drainage system is so poor in the entire city. #YogiAdityanath #UPCM pic.twitter.com/inRgvNi7tK
— Vidushi Yadav (@VidushiYadav4) June 27, 2018
Under the leadership of Congress general secretary Anwar Hussain, activists protested by catching fish on the road. They said that the Mayor of the municipality is from BJP. Despite that, the drains were choked and no arrangements were made to remove the water. In fact, the office of the collector, the SSP’s office, and the even the municipality office was also heavily water-logged.
The Logical Indian Take
Gorakhpur is Yogi Adityanath’s city. A city he has ruled for 20 years. The meteorological department had issued a warning about heavy rains, the CM too had asked the Mayor to take necessary measures to prevent such situations from repeating, yet the normal life came to a standstill. The loopholes in their apparent preparation were exposed. The Logical Indian hopes that adequate preventive measures are put in place as this happens every year.