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Old 30-Jun-2010
Squall wreaks havoc

Behram (Nawanshahr), June 29

A powerful squall wreaked havoc in some parts of the Doaba region early this morning. The squall that hit the Behram area of the Doaba region uprooted several trees, electric poles and damaged several houses and tin-roofed buildings.

Immediately after the squall, there was a power failure in most of the villages in the area.

It will take a few days for the electricity department to restore power in the region.

The high-velocity winds knocked down parts of the boundary walls of a few buildings, including schools, health centres and veterinary hospitals.

The parapets of some pucca houses were also damaged. Traffic near Behram on the Chandigarh-Jalandhar highway remained disrupted for some time as it took time to remove uprooted trees from the road.

In fact, a 1km-long stretch of the Jalandhar-Chandigarh highway was turned into a bottleneck as about 150 roadside trees fell and hindered traffic for almost two hours, till 8 am, when staff of the PWD and the Department of Forests arrived to clear the road. Locals helped them in clearing the highway.

High-powered transmission lines were seen snapped not only in fields but also in the compounds and on the roofs of houses. A large number of tractors were seen carrying generators as power failure forced farmers to use these during the peak of the paddy season.

Jagtar Singh, SDO, Punjab State Power Corporation, Behram, said 30 and 35 electricity poles in subdivision No.1 and 2, respectively, were damaged.

He said the 66KV grid Behram transmission line, which supplied power to 55 villages, had been out of order since morning.

“Power supply to villages, where poles have suffered damage, will be possible only after the installation of new poles,” he said.

Two 132kV Banga-Phagwara and Nawanshahr-Goraya transmission lines had tripped and the power corporation authorities, Nawanshahr circle, sought assistance from the Hoshiarpur circle to rectify the faults.

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