The 47.8 mm downpour causes traffic jams, tree fall, flooding
Bangaloreans experienced a fresh spell of heavy rain on Thursday, the toughest this season, resulting in flooding in several areas, power cuts and traffic jams. The garbage heaps piled up across the city only added to the problem. Residents of most areas had to wade through garbage slush to reach their houses.
The 47.8 mm downpour that continuously lashed the city caused traffic jams, especially in south Bangalore. Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials said more than 10 trees were uprooted, some of them falling across roads and disrupting traffic.
Flooding was reported at several places, including Indiranagar, Gali Anjaneya Temple, Okalipuram Junction, Shanthala Junction, Mekhri Circle, Domlur, Viveknagar, Ulsoor, D.J. Halli, Shanthinagar, K.H. Road, Wilson Garden, Kasturba Road, Nagawara, Garuda Mall, RPC Layout, City Market, Magadi Police Station, Nayandanahalli, Mysore Road, Thippasandra, Sarjapur Road and Basaveshwara Nagar. Many vehicles were stranded in waterlogged roads.
Residents of low-lying areas such as Basappa Layout in Sudaguntepalya, Ramamurthy Nagar, Vijinapura, Kuvempu Street, Koudenahalli, HSR Layout, Mangamanapalya, Begur and Ejipura had a tough time as water entered their houses.
K.P. Premchandran of Basappa Layout said water entered a few houses in the area immersing their furniture and other household items. “It has also entered our underground water sumps and we will have to get the sumps cleaned now,” he said.
Several areas went without power. Subramanya, a resident of Jayanagar 3rd Block, said there was no power in Jayanagar East and LIC Colony for more than two hours.
Meteorological department officials have forecast cloudy weather on Friday with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. On Thursday, while the city recorded 47.8 mm rainfall, areas in the vicinity of the airport recorded a rainfall of 100.7 mm till 11.30 p.m.
While the maximum temperature recorded on Thursday was 32.4 degrees Celsius, the minimum temperature was 21.5 degrees Celsius.