Heavy rain causes flooding

Thundershowers and lightning helped bring down the mercury levels in the city for the second day on Monday.

Heavy rain lashed many areas on Sunday and early on Monday.

On Monday evening, rain caused flooding on many roads, slowing down vehicular movement.

Spells of heavy rain were reported in the Majestic area, Jayanagar, Mehkri Circle, Malleswaram and Rajajinagar.

High temperature

Officials of the Meteorological Department here said that the city is likely to receive more rain over the next couple of days.

“The high temperatures over the past few days have led to an incursion of moisture in the atmosphere,” an official said.

The city received 12.2 mm of rain on Sunday. On Monday evening, parts of the city (HAL Airport and beyond) received more rain.

The daytime temperature, which was hovering around 36.5 degrees Celsius, fell to 34.6 degrees Celsius.

As per the department’s forecast, the city will have partly cloudy sky and will experience rain or thundershowers in some areas towards evening or night.

Favourable

“With the conditions being favourable for rain, the city could receive even two or three centimetres of rain, depending on the thickness of the cloud cell.

“This, however, also depends on wind. It may rain if the wind is calm. Otherwise, the wind may carry the rain clouds away. The surface wind speed has increased to 70 kmph,” according to the official.

A trail

Meanwhile, rain on Sunday left a trail. According to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) control rooms, tree falls were reported in Sadashivanagar, Yelahanka, Basaveshwaranagar, Rajajinagar, Malleswaram and Ganganagar Extension.

The control rooms also received complaints from a few residents in Muneshwaranagar and Mallasandra about rainwater gushing into their houses. “Rainwater entered their houses as the storm-water drains were being cleaned. Uprooted trees and branches have been cleared,” an official said. Many parts went without power supply on Sunday night. According to officials of Bangalore Electricity Supply Company, several areas in northern and central parts of the city did not have power supply for a few hours.

Prakash V., Divisional General Manager (Operations) of the power supply company, told The Hindu that a 220-kV Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. transmission line had developed a fault, disrupting power supply in many areas.

“We have made preparations for more rain. Over the past two years, the power supply company has strengthened the distribution network. There are very few bare conductors now; we have switched to insulated conductors,” he said.

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