Vehicles stuck at Maligaon overbridge due to waterlogging in Guwahati. Image credit - Subhamoy Bhattacharjee

While the city dwellers’ in Guwahati were struggling to get rid of the extreme situations due to water-logging as reflected in visuals of every TV news channel of Assam, an old lady was electrocuted in her waterlogged house at Pandu on Tuesday evening.

The woman was declared brought dead at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).

Mehendi Baruah, a resident of Tin Pukhuri area of Pandu, was electrocuted at her home while rainwater entered and inundated the inverter and other household commodities in a very short span of time.

“Suddenly, the water level reached more than two feet in almost all the houses near Tin Pukhuri area. And we got stuck. Till now water is inside our rooms,” told Hima Das, a victim of waterlogging attached to the residence of Mehendi Baruah, initially whom she tried to bring out along with other ladies, after being electrocuted.

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An official of Fire Service Station-Pandu, which is near to the incident site, said, “As the locals informed, a rescue team immediately rushed to the site and brought the lady out from the water-logged home in a critical condition.”

The victim’s hand and fingers were seen affected due to electrocution and later shifted to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), where she was declared dead last night.

The victim’s body has been taken for conducting post-mortem, her family members informed.

Waterlogged house of Mehendi Baruah where she got electrocuted: Image credit – Subhamoy Bhattacharjee
Waterlogged house of Mehendi Baruah where she got electrocuted: Image credit – Subhamoy Bhattacharjee

It is to be mentioned that the residential area where the incident of electrocution took place due to waterlogging, is a low-lying area adjacent to the newly constructed drain beside the new approach road to Kamakhya temple via Pandu in the city.

The residents claimed that earlier, water-logging never happened in this area and it’s due to the new road and drain construction which has affected their lives.

Waterlogged residence of Tapasi Basak

“This is the first time water has entered during heavy rainfall and destroyed our houses. The construction of the new road and drain has become a nightmare for us. We have never experienced such a problem of sudden waterlogging,” told Tapasi Basak, who was also affected by sudden water-logging due to heavy rain in the city along with six other family members of her house.

Moreover, the movement of vehicles through the Maligaon flyover towards Kamakhya Gate has come to a standstill for long hours in the evening as a major portion of the road is blocked for the ongoing new flyover construction by Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) and also the rain waterlogging created havoc.

Interestingly, on the day of Laxmi Puja on Monday, Goddess Laxmi also faced a similar crisis due to city waterlogging along with Mousumi Dev, a resident of Pandu Puran Bazar area as the well-decorated place of Laxmi’s puja at her home was also inundated due to heavy rainfall in the city.

(Report filed by Subhamoy Bhattacharjee)

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