Agra downpour brings slight chill

Agra, Oct 4 (IANS) A heavy downpour in Agra since early Friday morning brought the mercury down, forced people to pull out woollens, and left parts of the Taj City waterlogged, with a number of roads caving in.

"The downpour began around 2 a.m. and continued till morning. The sky remained overcast the whole day, with a drizzle or two," said photographer Vishal.

"The moat of the Agra Fort was overflowing with rain water while the road from Hari Parbat crossing towards St Peter's College caved in," he said.

Officials of the municipal corporation said water pumps were installed to flush out stagnant rain water at half a dozen points.

Some low-lying colonies were water-logged and people living along the drains were badly hit.

A resident complained: "The patchwork repair done by the municipal corporation after the heavy rains last week, was undone in the downpour."

The Ram Lila celebrations in the city were also affected. "A model of Gateway of India and the palace of Raja Janak were badly damaged following the downpour."

Residents said Agra had recorded more rains this year. "The rains are showing no signs of early end. Already the winter chill is here," said Vijay Nagar colony resident Sudheir Gupta.

The wide-spread rains in the area have damages standing bajra crop in some villages. Some farmers see the excessive rains as beneficial aid to the upcoming Rabi crop season.


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