Tirupati: The weather suddenly changed in the afternoon and it started raining, the whole city was flooded due to the rain which lasted for almost two hours. While low-lying areas like Leela Mahal Circle, Town Club Junction, Nagar Office Circle and other areas are under knee-deep water, bringing traffic to a standstill. Needless to say, water entered homes from drains in low-lying areas, including slums, Indira Nagar, Sanjeevaiya Nagar, Saptagiri Colony, Sanjay Gandhi Colony and New Indira Nagar.
Unaware of the sudden gust of water, residents struggled to save household items from drowning in the water. Pilgrims from various places going to Tirumala for darshan and those returning home after darshan also suffered. Traffic on the Karakambadi Road leading to the colonies on the outskirts of the city was disrupted for an hour as water from the Tirumala hill slopes was flowing all over the road. People heaved a sigh of relief due to the rain in the evening. Senior CPM leader K Murali in a statement criticized the municipal authorities for water-logging in several areas of the city and blamed them for the faulty drainage system, which is succumbing even in short rains.
He wanted the authorities to be awakened to take necessary measures to enable the city's drains to deal with the heavy rains. Many residents complained that the sanitation workers were not cleaning the drains in their areas regularly as they are mostly focusing on VIP areas and influential political leaders.