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CRASH LANDED: Such was the fury of the rain that the ground floor of the house was washed away and the first floor landed on the ground in the Vrishabhavathi near Nagarabhavi, in Bangalore on Thursday.
CRASH LANDED: Such was the fury of the rain that the ground floor of the house was washed away and the first floor landed on the ground in the Vrishabhavathi near Nagarabhavi, in Bangalore on Thursday.

Staff Reporter

Family not at home when the structure, built on an embankment, collapses

Bangalore: In one of the most extraordinary rain casualties in the city, a two-storeyed house collapsed into an overflowing storm water drain at Bhyraveshwaranagar in Nagarabhavi area under the Chandra Layout police station here in the early hours of Thursday. Fortunately, there were no casualties though electronic gadgets and household articles estimated at several lakhs of rupees were washed away.

The storm water drain joins the Vrishabhavati near Mysore Road and was in full spate with rainwater.

Neighbours said the house was illegally constructed on the embankment of the drain. Incessant rainfall loosened the foundation and the car shed, balcony and portico developed cracks. Later the columns snapped and the house came crashing into the drain around 1.30 a.m. The owner reportedly had encroached upon part of the government land and had violated norms while constructing it on the embankment, neighbours told The Hindu.

However, the owner Chandrashekar, a businessman, denied the allegation. “The house was constructed about 15 years ago. The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) did not construct a retaining wall for the drain which was overflowing. This undermined the foundation and the house collapsed into the drain,” he said. He accused the BBMP officials of apathy despite several reminders about the retaining wall.

According to Mr. Chandrashekar, he had rented out the house to one of his friends while he stays nearby. Fortunately, the friend and his family were away at their native place and no one was at home when the structure collapsed. Even so, the family lost a number of valuables which were swept away into the drain.

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