Windstorm wreaks havoc on tricity

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 7

Rain, accompanied by a windstorm, lashed the tricity last night, uprooting trees, electricity poles and signboards in several areas.

Trees and branches fell in Sector 27, 28, 30, 31, 20, 34, 18, 16, 5, 8 and 9, Bapu Dham Colony, Ram Darbar and the Industrial Area, Phase II.

Damaged showrooms on VIP Road, Zirakpur. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

At some places, vehicles got damaged after trees fell on these, while at some places, traffic got disrupted for sometime. The MC horticulture wing had a tough time managing the situation. Officials kept receiving calls from different parts of city for removal of tree branches which had fallen on roads.

RC Sharma, a resident of Sector 18-C, said a tree fell on his car and its bonnet got damaged. A branch of a tree broke an electricity pole, resulting in damage to a motorcycle.

He said he started calling the MC helpline from 8 am, but got a response from them at 10.15 am when they registered his complaint. He said the windstorm lasted an hour.

An uprooted tree in Sector 26: Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

The Chandigarh Meteorological Department said the city recorded 2.9 mm of rainfall yesterday.

The weatherman has predicted a clear sky in the coming days. The Met Department today recorded a maximum temperature of 34.8deg;C, two degrees above normal, while the minimum was 18.2deg;C, one degree above normal.

An uprooted electricity pole in Zirakpur. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar

Civic body staff have tough time

The MC horticulture wing had a tough time managing the situation. Officials kept receiving calls from different parts of city for removal of tree branches which had fallen on roads.

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Residents experienced power cuts between 11 pm and 4 am in various sectors following rain and a thunderstorm on Tuesday night. At some places, including the Mansa Devi Complex, Sector 5, trees were uprooted.

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