STORY: Heavy rains caused water logging and disrupted traffic movement, throwing regular life out of gear in India’s western Surat city of Gujarat state on Thursday (July 12).
The region has been experiencing fresh rains since early morning which later caused water logging in most part of the city.
Commuters were seen riding their vehicles and wading through the waterlogged roads while some were forced to push their vehicles which broke down due to water entering the mechanical systems. Pedestrians too, covered in raincoats, were seen walking carefully through ankle-deep waters on the roads.
Rainfall is important for India as a major section of its 1.2 billion populations is engaged in farming and depends on rains. But it also causes devastating landslides, floods and water-borne diseases, as civic administrations often fail to cope with challenges posed by it.
Excessive monsoon rains this year have affected many parts of India, causing water levels along several major rivers to rise uncontrollably.