Cyclone fury: 1 dead, 80 trees, poles uprooted as roof collapses in NCR


A four-year-old child was killed and five people, including two children, were injured in Ghaziabad on Friday night when an under-construction portion of a multi-storey building collapsed on adjoining houses following strong winds and a dust storm. of Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR).

At least 15 vehicles were damaged, 80 trees and 30 electric poles were uprooted in different areas of Gurugram when a thunderstorm ravaged the city on Friday night. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

The incident took place in Sudamapuri when the under-construction portion of the fourth floor of a house collapsed during a mud storm and the debris fell on the roof of two neighboring houses. “There was a big hole in the roof and five people, including two children, were buried under the debris. My brother, Amit Kumar, 24, his wife Radha, 23, and their two sons – four-year-old Shiv Kumar, and a five-month-old. The child, and Amit's younger brother Mono, were all injured. But Shiv suffered internal injuries. He was taken to hospital but died during treatment late on Friday night,” said Amit's cousin Vimalesh Kumar.

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A part of the debris of the under-construction house also fell on another house, injuring a 16-year-old girl, Kemti. “My sister has injuries on her hand,” said Kemti's younger sister Sonam Kumari. Kumar added that the owner of the under-construction house fled the spot after the collapse.

Police said they have received a complaint from Kumar's family against the owner of the under-construction house. “The complainant has alleged that the negligent construction activity of Rajesh Chauhan caused the incident and resulted in the death of a child. We have taken up the complaint and registered a first information report under appropriate sections of the Indian Penal Code. are doing,” said Poonam Mishra, Assistant Commissioner of Police, View City Circle.

Gurugram

At least 15 vehicles were damaged, 80 trees and 30 electric poles were uprooted in different areas of Gurugram as thunderstorms wreaked havoc in the city on Friday night. However, there was no casualty, officials familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

Gurugram was accompanied by gusty winds of 40-60 kmph accompanied by thunderstorms. He added that after the storm, there was a prolonged power outage for six to eight hours in various areas of the city, including Sushant Lok 1.

Power supply affected

PK Chauhan, Superintending Engineer (Operations), Gurugram Circle 2, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) said teams were sent to all the locations where complaints were received. “Thunderbolts damaged poles in Sector 23, DLF City, Sushant Lok-1, South City-1 and Sector 31, following which power problems were reported from these areas. Most of the cases have been resolved, with only individual complaints pending. Our teams are visiting every site to restore power supply,” he said.

Around 35 poles were damaged in the city, Manesar and Patodi areas on Friday night and it took six hours to restore power supply to societies and industrial areas, Circle-I Superintending Engineer Shyambir Saini said. The feeders were repaired and the poles re-installed. About 95 percent of the complaints have been resolved, and the remaining pending cases will be resolved by Saturday night,'' he said.

Gulshan Kalra, Deputy Director (Technical), Haryana Fire Services, who also holds the charge of the Deputy Director (Technical) of the fire station in Sector 29, said that they received over 80 calls from residents due to which cars , scooters and walls have been damaged. Uprooted trees. “We sent vehicles to different areas to remove trees and tried to install electric poles, which were affected on Friday night. We have cleared several roads blocked by uprooted trees,” he said.

According to the forecast of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), partly cloudy skies will prevail on Sunday and thundershowers may occur. After thunderstorms on Friday night, Saturday recorded a minimum temperature of 24 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 37 degrees Celsius.

Girish Gupta, resident and member of RWA Sector 15 Part 1, said that a car was damaged when a tree fell outside his house. “As soon as the thunderstorm hit our sector, the power supply was interrupted and resumed around 4 am on Saturday,” he said.

On Friday night, several residential areas including Sector 56, 57, Kapaseera, Dwarka Expressway, Sohna Road, Golf Course Extension Road, Manesar, Palam Vihar and Budhshahpur reported damage to cars by uprooted trees.

Caught in a storm.

Passengers also faced a tough time after being caught in the middle of the storm. Ankit Lohan, a resident of Sector 37, said he was on his way to Delhi to meet a relative who had been admitted to the hospital. “When I was driving in a thunderstorm, and the visibility on the road was almost zero. I narrowly escaped two accidents. Finally, I stopped my car and went to the flyover to ensure my safety. “Waited downstairs. But some unknown vehicle hit my car from behind. I waited for an hour and then returned home,” he said.

Another passenger, Mukesh Sharma, a resident of Sector 69, said he was driving on the Southern Peripheral Road when a plastic chair hit his car, followed by garbage and other items. . “I parked my car near a diner. The bonnet was damaged and there were many dents on the door. It was a horrible experience,” he said.

Sector 46 RWA president Rajkumar Yadav said that more than 30 trees fell in the sector causing damage to property and vehicles. “The trees also blocked the roads, causing traffic problems on the inner sector roads. Citizens have lost their lives due to natural calamities. The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) should have cut the trees in time,” '' They said.

Another resident of Gurugram raised similar complaints and said that many trees in the area needed trimming. But the MCG neither actively carries out the activity of clipping nor takes any action even after registering complaints, the resident said on condition of anonymity.

On Saturday, a tree fell on the parked vehicle of a resident of Sector 45, damaging the glass and door of the vehicle.

Gautam Buddha Nagar

Intermittent power outages were reported from sectors 12, 19, 44, 50, 51, 55, 105 and 155 of Noida on Friday night, with residents alleging that the power cuts continued till Saturday afternoon.

Residents of Sector 51 said that four electric poles were uprooted in the area following a dust storm in the city. District Development Regents Welfare Association senior vice-president Sanjeev Kumar, a resident of Sector 51, said, “There was no power supply overnight in C and H blocks of the sector.” A resident of Sector 41 said, “Power was cut for more than nine hours since the storm last night.”

Several cars were damaged when shutters installed for repairing a building fell in Sector 58 on Friday.

Meanwhile, the officials of the electricity department said that the repair work is going on. “There were incidents of power outages in some parts of Gautam Budhnagar due to disruptions following the heavy storm last night. However, power supply has been restored at many places while the situation in other affected areas remains stable. It is being resolved,” said Rajeev Mohan, Chief Engineer, Pachimanchal Vidyut Vatran Nigam Limited (PVVNL), Gautambuddhanagar.

“Around 300-400 trees were reportedly uprooted in various sectors on Friday night. Sector 122 witnessed the highest number of uprooted trees. However, most of the areas have been cleared,” Anand Mohan Singh. , In-charge, Horticulture, Division II, Noida Authority said.

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