Ghaziabad: Residents of 64 flats evacuated after road caves inLast updated on Jul 27, 2018, 05:17 pm
Residents of two apartments in Ghaziabad's Vasundhara were evacuated after a large portion of a road caved in amid heavy rains yesterday.
Families staying in those 64 flats have been shifted to vacant ones in safer wings, said Rajiv Kumar, President, Resident Welfare Association, Vartalok Society.
Officials are continuing repair work, but experts have predicted no respite from showers till Saturday.
Road caved in moments after school bus left the spot
The road caved in Sector 4C yesterday morning, moments after a school bus left the spot, locals said.
"I helped my child into the school bus and was walking home when I heard a thud," recalled Rajesh Kumar, a resident.
The Ghaziabad District Administration (GDA) is apprehensive that water rushing into the newly-formed crater could weaken nearby structures, including two adjacent apartment complexes - Vartalok and Pragya Kunj.
No respite from rains in sight till tomorrow
Worsening the tension is predictions of continuous rains till tomorrow. BP Yadav, Deputy Director General, IMD, explained, "A well-marked low-pressure area, which was located over Jharkhand earlier this week, has shifted towards the northwest. A cyclonic circulation has also developed over MP and UP. These two systems have come together to trigger the rain."
Teams of police, engineers, NDRF and GDA have been roped in for repairs.
Earlier this week, a building collapsed amid rains
Earlier this week, an under-construction building collapsed at Akash Nagar in Ghaziabad. A 16-year-old was killed.
Cracks had appeared in the building amid rains, workers said. The structure came crashing down as they worked to repair them.
Meanwhile, three people have died in the rains that started Wednesday. Two minors died in wall collapses in Shaheed Nagar and Khoda, and a 40-year-old man died of electrocution in Indirapuram.