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Dark day after storm
- Relief moves at snail’s pace

Patna, May 22: The trail of destruction left by the thunderstorm that hit the city yesterday could be seen all over today. Uprooted trees and electricity poles lay on thoroughfares disrupting the flow of traffic.

Sources said the authorities had started removing the obstructions from the upscale areas of the city, such as Aney Marg near the chief minister’s official residence, Desh Ratan Marg, Circular Road, Beer Chand Patel Path and Strand Road. Uprooted trees and branches have been removed from these areas.

Normal power supply in the state, too, has failed to recover. Residents of areas like Samanpura, SK Puri, Alpana Market, Rajiv Nagar, Mahesh Nagar, Khajpura, Anisabad and Nala Road have been left in the dark for more than 24 hours. Exasperated by the outage, the residents blocked Ashok Rajpath for a couple of hours in protest today.

“It has been more than 24 hours and no one has repaired the uprooted electricity pole. How can we work without electricity? The power should have been restored by now,” said Upendra Kumar, a resident of Sabzibagh.

In upscale areas, too, all is not well. Bailey Road resident U.S. Dutt, director-general, home guard, and his family have been without power since last evening, when an electric pole near his house was uprooted in the storm.

“There has been no power since yesterday. We have called an electrician. Let’s see how long it takes to repair it,” said Chitranjan Singh, an employee at Dutt’s house.

Hare Ram Pandey, public relations officer, Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB), however, claimed that power had been restored in most localities.

District hit

Yesterday’s cyclonic thunderstorm brought normal life in Bhagalpur and other eastern Bihar districts to a virtual standstill. Seven persons were killed in different parts of Bhagalpur district.

Bhagalpur town, along with its adjoining parts, has been completely blacked out after a 1,33,000KV high-tension overhead wire of Kahalgaon- Biharsharif supply line collapsed near Ekchari at Bhagalpur.

B.K. Srivastava, superintendent engineer, transmission section, BSEB, said: “More than six to seven days would be required to repair the transmission line which collapsed during yesterday’s cyclone.”

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