Almost a week after monsoon reached the state, Ponda received heavy rains on Wednesday throwing life out of gear. It also exposed the ill-preparedness of the Ponda Municipality for the rains.
In many parts of the town, drains were clogged, resulting in roads getting water-logged. Incidents of tree uprooting were witnessed in Ponda and its vicinity. In one such incident near petrol pump at Dhavali on the Ponda-Margao main road, a huge tree collapsed on a running car, resulting in road blockage for nearly three hours. Luckily, the driver of the car and his son escaped with scratches.
Incessant rains pound the town from morning till afternoon, which was one of the major rain showers of the season in the town.
Though it gave Ponda residents a brief respite from the scorching heat, drains across the town got clogged and water overflowed onto the roads resulting in water-logging.
In many parts, water entered shops including near Dada Vaidya Chock area with traffic snarls caused in the town due to water-logging of roads.
Potholes that have developed around the sewerage chambers
were inundated under water resulting in accidents while a four-wheeler got
dragged in the chamber at upper
bazaar Ponda, alleged residents.
Water-logged roads has become a common sight in the town during first showers, but incomplete work of sewerage chamber and failure to restore roads in the town has exacerbated the situation, said Suresh Naik.
Meanwhile, thunderstorms accompanied by rains caused uprooting of many trees in Ponda. In one such incident, Ponda-Margao road was blocked for nearly three hours as at around 1.55 pm, a huge tree collapsed on a running Santro car at Dhavali near the petrol pump. The father and son proceeding towards Borim had a lucky escape. Father identified as Satvir Singh (56) and son Juraj Singh (18), residents of top cola, Borim were rescued soon by the locals and were admitted in the sub-district hospital at Ponda.
Fire personnel cleared the road almost after three hours. Traffic on the Ponda-Margao was diverted through Kavlem-Borim internal road, while some vehicles were diverted through Bethoda-Borim bypass.
Tree collapse incidents were reported at Bethoda, Nirankal, Agapur and in surrounding areas of Ponda town.