Sunday, February 25, 2018
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The continuous rain, sometimes intermittently and sometimes ferociously,  took the people by surprise, left many a pilgrim stranded and found the administration in a tight corner, The rain disrupted traffic, exposed the hollowness of our road-worthiness claims and created untold difficulties for hospitals which could be finding it difficult to cope with the rush of patients suffering mainly from ailments connected with cold weather.

The transport system seemed paralysed at some places too and the vehicles available were charging extra because of steep demand. People wanted to just get out of the Mela region. There was a scare among the Kalpvasis too following the report that excessive water had been released from the Narora Dam which was likely to result in the overflow of the Ganga. Rumours escalated the panic among some; and the rest of it can well be imagined.
And then the power went off too. Almost the entire city was affected  if not simultaneously then in phases. Wet roads and continuous showers made the task of power staff extremely difficult  and dangerous as well. Dark roads, slippery, muddy surface all added to the woes of the people.

Citizens in some areas  got up in the morning only to find showers continuing. They found power off. It was difficult to imagine the ordeal that awaited the affected localities where power disruption meant no water supply as well. Lucky were those few who had filled up their reservoirs the previous night, apprehending a crisis. The housewife, who had exhausted her subsidy gas cylinders was in no mood to rejoice over optimism generated by Rahul Gandhi’s statement at the AICC demanding 12 subsidized cylinders in place of nine—and the reported acceptance of the demand too. The problem was: What to do now when, without power, the Induction too was not working.  You could not even collect twigs or use hacked wood because they were all drenched with water and  refused to get lighted. Those who stir out early morning to have a cup of tea at the nearest dhaba found in many cases that the  dhaba owner had not opened his doors yet. The reason? Rain was keeping his staff away. He himself, tired by overwork till late night, was in no mood to leave his cosy bed, the continuous, pelting showers acting as a major disincentive to leave the bed early. Households were in disarray because the maid servant did not come in most cases. How could she when it was raining outside and her own roof was leaking? She was busy saving her own belongings from getting inundated in the creeping waters,

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