Fallen trees, traffic, flooding disrupt life

By Times Of India on 10 Jun 2018 | read
PANAJI/BICHOLIM: The southwest monsoon hit the state on Thursday and with the first three days seeing torrential rains, life was thrown out of gear, including in the capital city, which saw flooding. While there were no casualties, there were several incidents of damage to property reported from across the state, mainly due to falling trees.
As heavy rains continued on Saturday, about 65-70 trees were uprooted across the state, including eight in Panaji, said a firefighter posted at Panaji station. Firefighters were kept busy throughout the day. Till evening they had received 75-80 calls.

Sources said that in most cases of tree uprooting seen in Panaji, there was no damage to property. Only traffic was temporarily blocked.

In Bicholim, torrential rains from Friday paralysed normal life. Several cases of uprooted trees falling on houses were reported.

Trees fell across roads and also brought down electricity wires, disrupting traffic and power.

Roads in many areas like Bordem, Bandarwada, Gaonkarwada and the market area were inundated, inconveniencing pedestrians and motorists.

India meteorological department (IMD), Panaji, has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in a few places in the state on Sunday. This trend will continue for a few days till Wednesday, with the wet spell likely to continue either in a few places or in isolated spots.

Winds are likely to be westerly to southwesterly, with speed of 45 to 50km per hour temporarily reaching 55km per hour in gusts or squalls. The sea will be rough with westerly to south westerly waves and fishermen have been advised to stay away from the sea during the next 24 hours.