JORABAT, June 25 - A brief heavy shower caused a flash flood on NH-37 at Jorabat this afternoon giving a hellish experience to pedestrians and drivers.
The post-shower scenario at Jorabat today was one of stranded vehicles of all forms including two-wheelers. Even as the national highway remained under water, the mud and loose soil brought down by the rushing water from the nearby hills, added to the woes of the road-users with no respite in sight.
Motorists had a harrowing time negotiating the inundated and mud-filled highway. A biker who tried to cross the inundated part of the highway at Jorabat, fell into the water along with his pillion-riding female companion.
9th Mile, 10th Mile, Jorabat tri-junction and the area in front of Northeast Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, Jorabat, become the worst hit areas whenever a heavy downpour causes a flash flood. One the other hand, the busy NH-37 in the area turns into a river, leading to heavy traffic snarls. The business establishments too are badly affected every time the area is hit by a flash flood.
Thaneshwar Rajbongshi, a local businessman said that flash floods bring a never-ending misery to the Jorabat residents and passersby.
�Visits to our area by authorities concerned different points of time have not resulted in a positive end to the menace of flash floods. Now, the people have started taking their visits for granted,� a local resident said.
Interactions with the residents of Jorabat and its surrounding revealed that the people are now losing faith in the local authorities and are seeking direct involvement of people from the ministries.