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Jaipur: Heavy rain pulls the city to a halt, all essential services paralyzed

Heavy rainfall in Jaipur leads to severe waterlogging on roads. Train and other essential regular services stand disrupted. IMD has warned of another 48 hours of torrential rain in the city.

Jaipur is currently reporting a serious case of heavy waterlogging in the main city due to severe rainfall. Normal life as we know it has been disrupted as train movements and heavy road traffic pulls the city to a complete standstill.

Rainfall in the city began at 6.30 am in the morning and poured on till 1 pm exposing the local authorities inadequacy on drainage management. At least 13 teams of civil defense and four teams of state disaster relief force were deployed across the city to rescue people stuck in low lying areas of Jaipur.

Hailed as the Pink city of India, Jaipur currently stands paralyzed as majority roads are waterlogged leading to major traffic snarls. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy rainfall in the region will continue for today.

The weather department has said Jaipur will witness heavy rainfall today and light rainfall for the next 48 hours i.e., two days. As per the IMD forecast, Jaipur will witness ‘generally cloudy sky with heavy rain’ on Friday. The IMD has also predicted fairly widespread rainfall with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in Rajasthan during the next two days. The intensity will decrease thereafter, it said.

Photo from Jaipur flood today

It all started with drizzles at 6.30 am which soon converted into torrential rainfall within 15 minutes. “A rainfall of around 113km was recorded across Jaipur till 1 pm since morning,” said an officer with Jaipur Met office.

Some of the videos emerging from the low lying areas in Jaipur are frightening, to say the least. Areas including MI Road, Choti Chaupar, Chaura Raasta, Narain Singh Circle, Statue Circle witnessed rampant waterlogging as majority roads got submerged underwater. Heavy rainfall also widely affected the rail movement as the tracks at Gandhi Nagar and Durgapura railway stations were submerged. Waterlogging has also been reported outside Jaipur Secretariat. Several people in the state are slamming the government for the flood-like situation.

Videos from Jaipur flood :

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