Some five to six years ago one would see boats rowing in Allahpur while some of the houses lay submerged. Anti-social elements were seen boating into areas where houses had been evacuated with a view to removing whatever valuable items. There were reports about men sleeping on their cots on the ground-floor suddenly finding their beds moving. Some of them shouted, 'earthquake'. Others screamed, 'ghost' till they realized that their bed was floating on the water that had entered the premises when they were fast asleep.
A report says that if the rain continues like this for a few more days and the sluize gates remain closed to protect the locality from flood waters, then it is feared that large parts of Baghambari Gaddi Road, Baghambari Housing Scheme, Matiara Road and Tilak Nagar in Allahabad may go under water.
Pumps have been installed to throw out the water. But often due to power cut or the shortage of diesel the stoppage of pumping operations takes place leading to water accumulation as happened on Sunday, August 12 when rain played havoc for over two hours, and the pumps lay dead. It is only when pumps started working that there was some relief. Can we hope for some emergency pumping arrangements or will Allahpurians have to pray to the rain God to show mercy?
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