Heavy rain brought the city to its knees on Wednesday evening. Among the worst affected were people returning home after work. Several were stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic as rain lashed the Central Business District, High Grounds, Rajajinagar, Domlur, Whitefield, south Bengaluru and other localities.
Many areas suffered power outages. Residents of Koramangala 1st Block did not have power for five hours from 5 p.m. onwards.
High intensity of rain was reported in many parts, with Kottegepalya receiving 78 mm/hour and K.R. Puram 66 mm/hour, according to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre.
The city recorded 10 mm and HAL area recorded 4 mm of rainfall up to 8.30 pm on Wednesday, according to an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official.
Water-logging was reported in Domlur and Varthur. Police reported heavy traffic at Dairy Circle Junction towards Hosur Main Road, Okalipuram Junction, Malleswaram Link Road, Mehkri Circle junction, Agara junction towards Bellandur, Yeshwantpur Circle junction, Hudson Circle, and Swamy Vivekananda Road towards Baiyappanahalli junction.
“The last 2 km to my place is going to take me 2 hours,” said Arvind, who was heading from Rajajinagar to Binny Mill.
Residents of Koramangala, Anugraha Layout, Wilson Garden and other areas, that saw heavy water-logging in last week’s downpour, were worried about a repeat on Wednesday night.
On the other end of the spectrum, fans at the Asian Football Confederation Cup match between Bengaluru FC and April 25 Sports Club were delighted, as play continued in pouring rain. Bengaluru FC won the game.
The IMD has predicted cloudy skies with light rain for the next four days, with a minimum temperature of 20 degree Celsius and a maximum of 24 degree Celsius.